Helen Wyman Coming to Clif Bar CrossVegas
World’s #2 Ranked Women to Race in Las Vegas
On the heels of announcements about the strong men’s field of competitors expected for 2014, the organizers of Clif Bar CrossVegas have released the first names of the women’s field of competitors.
Helen Wyman of Great Britain, currently ranked #2 in the world following a 2013 season that included a bronze medal at the World Championships and a win in the European Championships, will be racing in the season-opening race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.
Wyman commented on her plans, “I'm really excited to be racing in Vegas in 2014. Cross Vegas is a standout event on the world calendar. After a couple of years away from Vegas, its certainly made me keen to come back and perform well in front of one of the best crowds on U.S. soil.”
The women’s field will be competing for an equal prize list 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.
Race Director Brook Watts adds that more competitor announcements will be coming shortly on both the women and men’s side as racing schedules are finalized for the season.
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Telenet-Fidea Brings Three Riders to Clif Bar CrossVegas
Van Amerongen, Hermans and Soete to race in Las Vegas
Ridley Cross Clinic with the Telenet Fidea Cycling Team Planned
Returning to Clif Bar CrossVegas for the 4th year, the Belgian powerhouse team Telenet-Fidea is sending a trio of podium candidates. The team announced the squad would include Thijs Van Amerongen, Quinten Hermans and Daan Soete.
The trip to the largest American race will be a first for Van Amerongen and Soete. Hermans is a CrossVegas “veteran” with a very respectable 6th place finish for the U-23 rider.
Van Amerongen described his Las Vegas plans, “This will be my first CrossVegas and I’m certainly looking forward to it. Not only to help our sponsors with some American PR activities, such as theRidley Cross Clinic with the Telenet Fidea Cycling Team– but I’m eager to ride a good CrossVegas and win some valuable UCI-points before the start of the European season.”
Ridley Cross Clinic with the Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
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Team owner Hans Van Kasteren commented, “In 2011 the Telenet Fidea Cycling Team was the first team to travel to Las Vegas to participate in CrossVegas. CrossVegas is the biggest cyclocross in America and definitely one of a kind! Thijs Van Amerongen will be our man for the victory in 2014. The combination of CrossVegas and Interbike makes the trip worthwhile and very interesting for the Telenet Fidea Cycling Team sponsors.”
Quinten Hermans at CrossVegas 2013 Photo Courtesy of Dave McElwaine
The team members will conduct the Ridley Cross Clinic on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm preceding the race as part of their collaboration with long-time bike sponsor Ridley Bikes, also of Belgium. The clinic is open to the public with complete details HERE
Van Amerongen described his goals for the trip, “Only 4 days after CrossVegas, we have the Telenet Fidea team presentation back in Belgium and I will do all I can to be able to present the first team podium place of the season at that time! CrossVegas gives me a great opportunity to show myself for the first time in my Telenet Fidea outfit.”
Race Director Brook Watts described the Telenet Fidea announcement as “more great news for CrossVegas. I’m honored that Hans and the team think so highly of the event to send a strong group. It’s a treat for fans to see these guys every year.”