I’ve just finished editing the first batch of images from the 2010 Cross Vegas race. The men’s elite race was fast and furious–these guys really duked it out and it all came down to a finish line sprint. While Cross Vegas is never muddy and isn’t terribly technical (aside from the one set of barriers and the set of stairs) it’s a great race with an incredibly spectator-friendly circuit.
The first set of images can be found here on Flickr. Updated: Women’s Elite set up here.
I’m in Vegas at least 3 times a year and have done so for the past five years. Conferences and trade shows bring me there and it’s always work. To say, “I hate Vegas” is too mild. I just go numb. It’s like the drudgery of a chore you do as a teenager:
Yes, Dad, I’ll mow the lawn. Then go to Vegas and get my expense reports into payroll while cleaning my chain and watching a webinar on social media.
Walking across a mile-wide, barren parking lot to get demo bikes
I’ve always ridden in Vegas. I travel with a bike most everywhere. Rode the Strip by myself, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and the outskirts of the city in huge bus lanes with those workers who hand out smut. Those rides led to group rides with Bros and then hundreds of us in Mobile Socials (MoSo).
Free Hugs Less Hate
Hard to fully hate-on Vegas when cosmetology students with perfect hair, hopped up on happy, notice your shirt screened with BIKE HUGGER, and all squeal “we’re huggers too!” They were out on the Strip giving free hugs and mobbed us during a pre-MoSo reconnaissance ride. This was my first indication that our MoSo was starting to think differently.
Hugs for Bike Huggers
Francis Mourey, FranÃ§aise des Jeux pro and French national champion, had a pretty good week here in the states, claiming a wet, wet Starcrossed title as well as conquering Cross Vegas, both times aboard a new Lapierre carbon CX bike equipped with Di2 electronic shifting. I got to look his bike(s) over before the rain started falling at Starcrossed. What I like about CX bikes is the detail in the set-up, from the factory as well as the rider’s personal touches.