The Men’s and Women’s CrossVegas 2008 races were a blast. While there was no mud and the course was considered ‘easy’, the racing was fast and aggressive, the crowds big and enthusiastic (and beered up as it should be in a cross race) and the organizers had set up plenty of flood lights to help out with the photos. Speaking of, as I had to make do without a real flash (don’t ask why, I am an idiot…), the shots could be considered artistic.
The women’s race came down to a battle between US Cross Champ Katie Compton (Spike) and Luna Chix’s Katrina Nash with Compton taking the victory. Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) finished third.
“It was really hard because Katerina rode really well. It was a challenging race and the course was really tough. I tried everything I could to go fast. We were trying to attack each other and we also tried to have a pace that we both could sustain. It’s pretty hard to get in front on this course. We are just naturally fast starters so we just kept the pace on and we really got a good start. It feels really good to win.” said Compton.
“Katie is definitely the strongest rider in the field. I decided to stay on her wheel. She is a true cross racer. My team just finished mountain biking. We need a couple of weeks to get into cross racing. I just kept on her wheel and tried to attack her. I couldn’t get away. We did try to put some pressure on each other. We were pretty equally matched today so neither of us could open a big gap. I had a great time racing today.” said Nash.
Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles) finished fourth and Sue Butler (onaviecannondale.Com) was sixth