CrossVegas organizer, Brook Watts, beamed as he described the field that the event will draw in its fourth running during the upcoming Interbike tradeshow on Wednesday night, 22 September.
“The winners of the CrossVegas titles are going to come from the best field ever assembled in America,” he said. “Whether you break it out by national champions attending — we’ve got 8 nations covered — or if you look at the international rankings.”
Eight countries that will be represented by nine national champions, including:
- Tim Johnson (Cannondale – Cyclo-crossworld.com) – USA
- Katie Compton (Planet Bike) – USA
- Geert Wellens (Champion System) – Belgium (Elite Category)
- Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) – Canada
- Katerina Nash (Team LUNA Chix) - Czech Republic
- Joachim Parbo (KCH Leopard Cycles) – Denmark
- Francis Mouray (Francaise des Jeux) – France
- Zoltan Tisza (Tecnofilm Bentonexpressz 2000) – Hungary
- Marco Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) – Italy
In addition to the national champions the Elite Men’s field is stacked with riders from the top 20 UCI ranking. Riders including Gerben De Knegt of Holland (Rabobank Continental Team) ranked 5th, Francis Mouray (Francaise des Jeux) at 7th, Christian Heule of Switzerland (Rendementhypo Cycling Team) ranked 9th and American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) ranked 18th.
The Elite Women’s field will include 5th place Katie Compton of the US (Planet Bike), 7th place Katerina Nash of Czech Republic (Team LUNA Chix) and 16th place Amy Dombroski of the U.S. (Team LUNA Chix).
Returning are 2009 CrossVegas champions Jamey Driscoll of the US (Cannondale – Cyclo-crossworld.com) and Compton who also won in 2008. Ryan Trebon (KONA), winner of CrossVegas 2007 and 2008 will be returning.
Watts stressed that this preliminary list was sure to grow as the countdown to the event.
“Don’t under estimate the other great riders who will be coming to CrossVegas,” he said.
This list includes Americans Jeremy Powers (Cannondale – Cyclo-crossworld.com), Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant) and CrossVegas 2009 Silver medalist Chris Jones of the newly formed Rapha-FOCUS team; Georgia Gould (Team LUNA Chix), and Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) for the women’s event and Tim Van Nuffel of Belgium (Vangoethem-Prorace), Martin Grujan of Switzerland (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Davide Frattini from Italy (HUDZ- Subaru).
“I’ve probably missed a half a dozen top guys and gals that are capable of turning CrossVegas upside down,” he said.
Complete information including schedule, admission information and VIP hospitality packages is available at www.crossvegas.com.