A little history about the first decade of RenoCross
And its roots as CrossVegas.
CrossVegas saw immediate and impressive growth since its inaugural race in 2007, and each year attracted an increasingly elite field of U.S. and foreign racers as well as over 10,000 spectators to the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, just minutes from the famous Vegas Strip. Within a relatively short time, CrossVegas quickly ascended to the top of the international cylcocross racing scene and gained the stature of being America's biggest cyclocross race.
Interbike show attendees flocked to CrossVegas for after show fun under the lights including the “race for industry bragging rights,” the Wheelers & Dealers race.
In 2015 and 2016, the race was selected as a World Cup on the UCI International Cyclocross calendar, one of only eight World Cup cross races worldwide and the first ever in the US. In 2016, participants from 21 nations competed.
With the move of the Interbike show to Reno, CrossVegas packed up and headed north while taking on a new name RenoCross.
RenoCross is owned and produced by Watts Marketing headed by Brook Watts. Watts, a former promotional agency and event planning professional, has over 30 year’s experience producing sporting events with a focus on cycling that extends back to his production of the 1978 U.S. National Championship in Austin, Texas. Watts was elected in 2011 to the Cyclocross Sports Committee of USA Cycling, is a member of the USA Cycling Board of Directors and is a member of AIOCC, the association of international cyclocross organizers. He was selected for the UCI Cyclocross Commission in 2017 where he works with others to provide guidance for the sport.
Watts himself is an avid cyclist who proudly – or embarrassingly – claims to have cyclocross shoes older than any current professional racer. Watts' lifelong passion for cycling is infectious as he continuously raises the bar to produce an exciting event that racers and spectators alike look forward to year after year.