Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cross Vegas

The 2010 Cyclocross Season was kicked off with style in Las Vegas during the Interbike trade show on Wednesday September 23. Planet Bike was out in force with international superstars Katie Compton and Jonathan Page both participating in the event. Other Planet Bike riders present in the Elite races included Kristin Wentworth, Mark Lalonde, and James Lalonde. The racing was held under the lights on a soccer field and thousands of spectators lined the course to watch athletes from around the world battle to be the king and queen of Las Vegas cyclocross.

Katie took control of the womens race on the first lap and never looked back. Only Katerina Nash was able to stick to Katie's wheel and following a mishap on the second lap Katie rode the following 30 minutes of the race solo to take the victory by a minute.

Kristin settled into a group with Amy Dombroski, Laura Van Gilder, and Alison Sydor for the majority of the race and finished 13th.

Reports - Cyclingnews, Cx magazine, Velonews

The mens field was filled with riders from across the world and over 100 racers on the line. After an impressive first lap a group of about 20 riders, including Jonathan, appeared to have a bit of a gap on the rest of the field.
An attack on lap 2 by Chris Jones proved to be the winning move with Jamey Driscoll bridging up to him shortly after. A chase group of about 7 formed but a lack of organization and a solid effort by the two leaders prevented a regrouping. Jonathan tried a few attacks from the group but the gap proved too far to bridge and he settled into a group of 4 chasers. In the final 400 meters of the race Page displayed his sprinting power to take the final podium spot and finish 3rd in the race.

Mark and James battled throughout the race. The hot, dry conditions proved troublesome to both riders and they finished 27th and 50th, respectively.

Reports - Cyclingnews, Cx magazine, Velonews

All photos thanks to Lyne Lamoureux

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