CrossVegas announces name change with move to Reno in 2018
CLIF BAR & Company has committed to title sponsorship of RenoCross, the cyclocross race known for a dozen years as CrossVegas. The sponsorship announcement, and the name change, were announced by Brook Watts, owner and organizer of the popular event.
RenoCross presented by CLIF BAR will take place on Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 following the 2nd full day of the Interbike show at Rancho San Raphael Park in Reno, Nevada.
Race director Brook Watts commented, “CLIF BAR has been a significant sponsor since the race’s first year in 2007 and the title sponsor since 2011. They have been a big part of our sustained success. It’s remarkable to have such long-term sponsors for any event. And now they’re making the journey with us 450 miles to the north to Reno.”
“CLIF BAR is thrilled to return as the title sponsor for 2018 RenoCross,” said Melissa Leebove, Regional Marketing Manager for CLIF. “We’re excited that the new venue will not only introduce a new challenge to the ‘cross racers, but also bring the incredibly spectator-friendly sport to the Reno community. CLIF BAR has supported CrossVegas for more than a decade; we look forward to many more years of partnership in Reno and supporting cyclocross athletes with sports nutrition for sustained energy.”
Watts continued, "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 event, supported by CLIF BAR, that racers and spectators have loved for 11 years. RenoCross 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 closed by saying “We’ll have complete information about all aspects of RenoCross as we roll into the new year….watch this space!”
Laurens Sweeck and Katerina Nash Rocket to Victory
Las Vegas, Nevada – September 20, 2017 – A stellar field of world and national champions lined up for both the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s races at the final Las Vegas edition of Clif Bar CrossVegas. Ultimately it was team cooperation that determined who would own the top two podium spots in each race; Belgian brothers and ERA-Circus teammates Laurens and Diether Sweeck for the Elite Men, and for the Elite Women, Clif Pro Teammates Katerina Nash, of the Czech Republic, and Catharine Pendrel, of Canada.
In the men’s race, Laurens Sweeck opened a gap on his first run up the course’s challenging sand pit and kept at least 30 seconds ahead of the chase group for the rest of the race. His brother and teammate Diether Sweeck marked every move by the five chasers, before propelling himself to 2nd place, well in front of four-time U.S. national champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), who took 3rd.
“Diether was just able to sit on the whole time and capitalize from all the work I was doing up front,” said Powers. “That’s racing…they for sure had power in numbers.”
Katerina Nash Closes Out CrossVegas with Her 5th Win
Fresh off her World Cup victory three days ago, Katerina Nash handily beat out the competition for her 5th CrossVegas win. She and her teammate Catherine Pendrel spent two laps in a group of eight, before taking off together and establishing a solid and impenetrable lead over the others, who spent the rest of the race making small attacks and jockeying for position. It wasn’t until the last time up the final barriers that American Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) made the move that would put her in 3rd place.
“Halfway through on the stairs, Catharine went into a little attack… and I went around and jumped on one of the fastest wheels in the world, so we teamed up and worked together,” said Nash, who is also an Olympian and World Cup champion.
The deep grass and windswept terrain at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, and the course that race director Brook Watts and team have perfected over 11 years, is well known for its flyovers, obstacles and sand pits. Said Laurens Sweeck, “It was like there was still a brake on my wheel with the grass here, so…it was hard.”
Next year, CrossVegas will be held September 19, 2018 in Reno, Nevada.
“It’s been such an amazing event...definitely a great addition to Interbike,” said Nash. “There were maybe people in the bike industry who had never seen a cross race before, and this was a chance for them to… pick up a cross bike and go ride it and realize how cool it is.”
Full Results for all events can be found HERE
America’s Biggest Cyclocross Race heads to the “Biggest Little City in the World”
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.