OK, so you were worried about what would happen to CrossVegas – which has grown into one of the biggest international cyclocross race and brought the top pros & then the UCI World Cup stateside – now that Interbike is high tailing it out of Vegas next year. Well, don’t worry. The race organizers have that covered as well. CrossVegas heads to Reno too for 2018. It looks like “America’s Biggest Cyclocross Race” is moving to Nevada’s “Biggest Little City in the World” next September…
Really CrossVegas 2018 was the only casualty I could have thought of with Interbike skipping town. So it’s good to see that’s under control and the big European crossers will get to battle the American’s on a new Reno course next time around. Check out the full release below…
“Clif Bar CrossVegas announced today that the annual race will make a move to Reno, Nevada in September 2018. The move of the biggest cyclocross race in the US follows the announcement by Interbike, the annual bicycle tradeshow, to relocate to the northern Nevada city beginning in 2018. CrossVegas has been a part of the annual Interbike week of activities in Las Vegas since 2007.
CrossVegas 2018 will take place on Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 following the 2nd full day of the Interbike show.
Brook Watts, owner and organizer of CrossVegas commented, “Although the backdrop will change from the glitzy Vegas Strip to the stunningly beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the event will remain the same world-class Clif Bar CrossVegas that racers and spectators have loved for 11 years. CrossVegas will still provide industry bragging rights for the Wheelers & Dealers, VIP hospitality for sponsors, opportunities for bike industry participation at all levels and top level competition among the pro women and men.”
Watts also announced the iconic CrossVegas name would remain despite the change of location to Las Vegas’ sister city to the north. “So many people know that name and the associate it with a great evening of fun that we decided to hang onto it as part of the heritage of the event.”
Preliminary plans include staging the evening event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, site of the upcoming 2018 US National Cyclocross Championships. The park has been home to other cross events and is conveniently located close to the downtown Reno area including the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and dozens of hotels.
Coby Rowe, Director of the Local Organizing Committee for US National Cyclocross Championships quote: “For me this is the best of all worlds. I’m a proud resident of Reno, where I love to race cyclocross. But I’ve had the honor of being involved in CrossVegas for the past few years. It’s a world class event in every sense of the word, and I am thrilled to see the event move to my backyard.”
Watts added, “We’re looking forward to being part of Interbike’s next phase as well as the vibrant and blossoming cycling-friendly metropolitan area of Reno.”
Competitors in CrossVegas’s UCI, USAC, Wheelers and Dealers categories, and a new E-Bike fun race, will have their last chance to experience the lush grass and challenging course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 20, 2017.”