Cross Vegas takes place tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. To many of us Cross Vegas shares equal (or greater) attraction to attending Interbike itself. Cross Vegas originated from the idea of having a bike race while so many in the bike industry were gathered together for an equipment convention. Now that the race attracts such big names, it stands on it's own as a main attraction. One thing is for certain, Cross Vegas + Interbike makes for a great two days of bike entertainment.
If only it weren't in Vegas. In know, I know, some people love Las Vegas, I love the bikes and the people. This year I am not there, but I have memories of my numerous visits. Many thousands of cycling enthusiasts are in Las Vegas, and most likely they are at Cross Vegas tonight. For those of us at home, we can watch Cross Vegas online, for a fee (info below).
We can also read the fantastic bike equipment reviews online, and catch up on the latest and greatest equipment that we may have missed at Eurobike last month, by reading the reports from Interbike by:
- Bike Radar does Interbike
- Pink Bike does mountain bikes at Interbike
- VeloNews Tech at Interbike
- Peloton Magazine Tested at Interbike
- Road Bike Review Interbike Coverage
Meeting Miguel Indurain (omg) in person (Tom Boonen and Sven Nys were at the show this year).
|Miguel Indurain at Interbike 2012 Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|Mario Cipollini at Interbike 2012 Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|Steve Hill and Michele Acquarone at Interbike 2012 Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
Cross Vegas is fun, but it aint' free !
It is one of a kind, and while watching online is possible, it costs - and I am CHEAP.
I understand that ads and ads alone cannot cover the costs of broadcasting a race like Cross Vegas for free to us viewers, but I fear the viewership will drop drastically with this paid scheme. Race Organizers should increase visitor tickets by $2-4 and subsidize Cycling Dirt's coverage to promote their race around the world. They have the international riders, they should be delivering race viewing to international (and national) fans.
And/or Cycling Dirt should make viewing the race, the same as renting a video, a one-time renting deal for $6.99. No confusing strings of a magazine membership attached.
Cycling Dirt is charging to watch Cross Vegas online this year
Cycling Dirt is LIVE streaming Cross Vegas 2013, (more info) you'll have to pay $14.95. You have to become a PROdirt member, for a month, then cancel your subscription if you are no longer interested, or continue to be billed $19.95 a month. If you’re not already a member, sign up now (pay now).
|Cross Vegas - at night under the lights, every view is a good view of the race|
|Tons of fun for fans. I have no photos of the mens race because I was drinking beer and handing up dollar bills!|
For this much fun, you must go to Cross Vegas. A ticket to Cross Vegas costs $10.00. Hotels (for 1 night) are about the same price as your flight to and from the city of glitz, taxis are ungodly expensive (and you will still walk miles and miles), but free shuttle buses are provided from Interbike to the park where the cyclocross race is held north of the Vegas stripe.
As always riding the bus (and also any plane to and from Interbike) is guaranteed fun as you will be surrounded by bike geeks on par with yourself. A scary but comforting notion.
Also this year Cross Vegas race organizers are offering a Special Interbike entrance for Cross Vegas Fans: CrossVegas fans are invited to attend Interbike for only $25.00 on Friday September, 20th, from 11am-6pm. Register here.
Cross Vegas Information and Schedule
Location: Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada
Men's Elite startlist
Women's Elite startlist
Wheelers & Dealers startlist
6:30 – Wheelers & Dealers to Start Grid
6:50 – Wheelers & Dealers Intros
7:00 – Wheelers & Dealers race Starts
7:40 – Wheelers & Dealers race Ends
7:45 – Course Open for warm-up
7:45 – Wheelers & Dealers Award Ceremony
8:00 – Course Closed for warm-up
8:00 – Elite Women to Start Grid
8:05 – Elite Women Intros
8:20 – Elite Women Start
9:00 – Elite Women Finish
9:10 – Elite Women Award Ceremony
9:10 – Elite Men to Start Grid
9:20 – Elite Men Intros
9:30 – Elite Men Start
10:30 – Elite Men Finish
10:50 – Elite Men Award Ceremony
11:00 – Curtains
World Champion CX Sven Nys is competing tonight!
We found some strange Belgian luggage in Vegas... @wielerman @sven_nys @svenvth @CrossVegas pic.twitter.com/ldm8VZxlflGambling men
— BrakeThrough Media (@BrakeThrough) September 17, 2013
Spotted @sven_nys getting some blackjack lessons before @CrossVegas… Double down Sven & good luck tomorrow!! pic.twitter.com/46BLwgYLdBAn interesting photo Cross Vegas 2013, this is what it feels like to watch CX under the lights at night in Las Vegas.:
— Monte Carlo Resort (@MonteCarloVegas) September 17, 2013
— beth gerdes walsh (@IMbethwalsh) September 19, 2013
|Elite Women racing Cross Vegas. Photo by Beth Walsh|
Elite Mens Race
1. Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony)
2. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus)
3. Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing)
Elite Womens Race
1. Katerina Nash (Luna)
2. Lea Davison (Specialized)
3. Catharine Pendrel (Luna)
Wheelers and Dealers Race
1. Christian Heule
2. Johnny Sunndt
3. Edwin Bull (Van Dessel)
Cross Vegas is sponsored by Cliff Bar!! Thank you.
All photos in this post taken by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
Tom Boonen signing autographs at the Specialized booth for a "thrilled fan" at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas.
Em um evento Las Vegas, a fabricante de bicicletas Specialized, trouxe Tom Boonen que renovou seu contrato por... http://t.co/T3NeEZKs0O
— Pró Tour Ciclismo (@RiMarciano) September 20, 2013
|Tom Boonen in Las Vegas 2013. Photo by Pro Tour Ciclismo|