ABUS Mobile Security offers BikeValet
BikeValet Makes Biking to Race a Great Transportation Option
ABUS Mobile Security is kicking off the 2014 cyclocross season in a big way by sponsoring Clif Bar CrossVegas as the presenting sponsor of the BikeValet.
“We are thrilled to be working with CrossVegas on making getting to the race even more bike friendly,”said ABUS Marketing Manager Joan Hanscom. “There is an excellent route to the race via the bike lane on Twain Avenue. It takes riders all the way from The Strip to the race where you’ll be able to leave your bike in a staffed, secured bike parking corral. To make it even more attractive - anybody checking their bike into the bike parking will automatically be entered into a drawing to win ABUS prizes throughout the evening.”
CrossVegas director Brook Watts commented, “We’ve seen an increase each year in the number of fans riding from The Strip to Desert Breeze Soccer Complex where the race is held. ABUS has stepped up to make it even more practical and Feedback Sports has provided the racks to simplify the storage.”
Route Map to CrossVegas HERE
Double Down Award
The dictionary says Double Down is to double your wager to get a greater return. That describes the Double Down Award for 2014. It's a showcase for the male and female riders who excel at both of cycling’s toughest disciplines-cyclocross and criterium racing.
The Double Down Award goes to the top male and female riders who compete in both CrossVegas and the Las Vegas Pedal PaLooza.
Winners get a Downtown Grand Vacation including:
- 2 nights stay at The Downtown Grand.
- 2 Person Travel for the Day with Pink Jeep Tours.
- Dinner for 2 at one of the top restaurants at Downtown Grand.
- Spa access during the stay.
- Full access to nightclub (TBD).
- NOTE: Prize may be used up to a year following the 2014 events.
Riders will be recognized during the awards ceremony following the Pedal PaLooza.
Complete details and points scale HERE
Duel in the Desert for Men's Field
#1 and #2 Ranked Men start the season at Clif Bar CrossVegas
In many ways, it’s another version of a classic Hollywood western movie with the young challenger calling out the legendary veteran in a dusty western town. Before the world’s #1 and #2 ranked men’s cyclocross racers start their European race schedules they have a duel in the Nevada desert to contend with.
Lars Van der Haar of the Netherlands, currently the #1 ranked cyclocross racer in the world, will be facing #2 ranked Sven Nys of Belgium at CrossVegas, the season opening cross race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.
Van der Haar is a CrossVegas veteran who has raced the event 3 times, including a victory in the 2011 edition. The Shimano-Giant racer will be opening his season after the overall win of the World Cup Series last year. Van der Haar commented on his CrossVegas plans, “I will be racing CrossVegas now for the 4th time, I won it once and now I want a second win.”
Nys is also a former winner of CrossVegas. The Crelan-AA Drink racer took the victory in 2013 while wearing the World Champion’s rainbow-striped jersey. Said Nys of his plans, “I had a great time racing CrossVegas last season, I was pleased to win but more than that - I enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and the big crowds. It is a great spectacle for our sport and an important early season race on the world calendar ”
On meeting Nys in Las Vegas, Van der Haar said, “Racing against Sven will be hard, but it’s cool to meet him for the first race in America. We are both far away from home, so anything can happen.
When the sun sets on the edge of the vast desert sky on the eve of September 10, thousands of fans will que up at CrossVegas to watch the 2014 version as Van de Haar and Nys duel for the right to claim the cyclocross season’s first win. Van der Haar had the final word on the Las Vegas race saying, “When Elvis sings, you know the season has started!”
Voor Nederlands klik HERE
Registration Is Open
Registration for Clif Bar CrossVegas is open for the following categories:
- Elite Men (Application for Invitation) - STILL SPOTS REMAINING - Please read procedure HERE
- Elite Women - STILL SPOTS REMAINING
- Men's Wheelers & Dealers Race pb Road Bike Action Magazine - SOLD OUT - NO SPOTS REMAINING
- Women's Wheelers & Dealers Race pb Giant/Liv - STILL SPOTS REMAINING
- Calling all industry women cross racers. Separate start & special award ceremony courtesy of Giant/Liv - So sign up!
Registration takes place at GetEvent.com
Please note: Spots in all races are first-come first-served. There are no wait lists. You must have a valid USA Cycling or a license issued by a UCI-recognized national federation to register. There are no 1-day licenses.
Registration for the USA Cycling categories opens on Tuesday August 12 at 12 NOON Eastern Time.
- USA Cycling Categories include Men's Cat 1-3, Men's Singlespeed Cat 1-3, Women, Women Singlespeed
World’s #1 and #2 Ranked Women to Race
Squaring off at Clif Bar CrossVegas will be the number 1 and number 2 ranked riders in the world, Katie Compton of the U.S. and Helen Wyman of Great Britain.
The women’s field will be competing for a prize list equal to the men’s field with almost $9,000 in cash plus valuable UCI points as a result of the Category 1 status of the race. In addition CrossVegas is part of the season long U.S. ProCX Calendar awarding $40,000 in prizes. Women from 6 nations competed in the 2013 version of the race at least that many nations expected for this year.
Compton, ranked number 1 in the world standings, is the overall winner of the World Cup and a two-time winner of CrossVegas. The Trek Cyclocross Collective rider returns after an absence of several years. “I'm looking forward to starting my season in Las Vegas this year. I've skipped this race in previous years to delay the start of a long season but decided I couldn't miss it again,” Compton commented.
Compton went on to say, “I'm sure this year will be super hard with fast competition from the mountain bikers coming off their world champs as well as true cross racers dialing it up for the early season. I look forward to some suffering and being cheered on by some creative hecklers!”
Wyman is currently ranked number 2 in the world standings following a stellar 2013 season that included a silver medal at the World Championships and a win in the European Championships. Wyman commented on her plans, “I'm really excited to be racing in Las Vegas in 2014. CrossVegas is a standout event on the world calendar.”
Team LUNA Chix brings their usual dominating strength to CrossVegas including Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic. Nash has taken a podium spot every time she lines up at CrossVegas with 3 wins including 2013. Joining Nash will be teammates Catharine Pendrel of Canada who was 3rd in 2013, Georgia Gould of the U.S. who is always among the top finishers, Teal Stetson-Lee and Maghalie Rochette of Canada who was 10th in her first CrossVegas in 2013.
Other notables vying for a win under the lights of Las Vegas will be:
- Rising American star Elle Anderson who comes to CrossVegas before departing on a European career with Belgium-based KDL Cycling Team. Anderson finished in the top ten at CrossVegas 2013 and capped her season with a silver medal at the U.S. national championships.
- Caroline Mani of France of the Raleigh-Clement squad who be looking to kick off her cross season using the fast start she is renowned for.
- The “ British Invasion” continues with Gabby Durrin who finished in the top ten in CrossVegas 2013 and Diane Lee who finished 3rd in the National Championships in 2013.
- Meredith Miller of the U.S. who is a perennial top ten finisher at CrossVegas riding in new colors for Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team.
ossVegas women’s podium from left Lea Davison (2nd),