It is safe to say that I love this race. I love the fact that we can now draw on Euro's to come and crush the shit out of it. I love that it brings the bike industry together to get psyched about cyclocross. And I have loved every lung burning time I raced its velcro like surface. The lights, the fans, the crush of the people — Cross Vegas is exactly what it should be — spectacular.
The 2014 edition of the race was no different. Drama, intrigue and a whole lot of drunken fans that got a little out of control. Hopefully, it doesn't signal the end of an era when it comes to putting on this race and its draw from across the pond. Brook Watts has done a great job connecting dots and bringing people together for this crazy race (wasn't there talk of World Cup status at one point?)
Racing is the point. Industry excitement is the point. Rolling out new shoes a couple days before and then getting your star athletes to ride in them is the point. So, let's not miss the point when it comes to uniting over our common interest of watching people race bicycles.
Here are a few shots that I managed to snag over the course of the night and a few observations to go along with:
- The Women's Field was awesome and I hate to say it, but damn it is great to see Meredith and Katerina at the front of that race. This is what we need. People mixing it up at the front. Plus, the fact that they have great attitudes about the whole thing makes it even better.
- Speaking of the Women's Field Liz Barcheck and Jen Nordhem get special shout outs for taking their racing to that next level. That did not look like an easy race, but the two of you looked going doing it. Plus, you both have "real jobs."
- Andrea Smith was in the house which prompted the question - come on! You should be racing. They're breaking up the band without you. You know what I mean.
- Adam Craig is wearing some special edition socks.
- Jeremy Powers has a new team.
- I commented to CD that it was amazing that Allen Krughoff did so well at the front of the race - even taking a flyer for a minute there - and his response was so simple that it works. "Well, he should be up there, he's younger than everyone else. But, then I looked up his age and saw that he's 30. Hmm. New Guard?
This is officially the only reason that I go to interbike each year. Should it be somewhere else in the world? Probably, but I'm betting on the fact (see what I did there) that it will be here for at least a few more years. And as much as I say each year that I'm not going, or that I don't want to... I can't stay away.