Interbike & CrossVegas

2012 will probably go down in my memory as one of the best bike related trips to Vegas. Not only did we as Raleigh show up in a big way (despite the smaller space) but I have never been able to experience Nevada as I did this trip. I got to ride my bike as is evident from my previous post with the ride down to Hoover Dam. I also got to do a very inspiring ride with the Ride 2 Recovery folks on Tuesday which went from the Vegas strip to Boulder City some 25 or so miles away and back. It is absolutely amazing what is being down to help. I got to ride and chat with a some amazing riders but was constantly in awe of the riding Delvin was doing overcoming the challenges of being a quad amputee. Juan Carlos’ accomplishments are just as amazing as he’s just recently participated in Leadville and finished in 9 hrs 7 mins. It’s great to be involved as the official bike sponsor of such an amazing organization.

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Delvin getting aid up a hill

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some of the crew from the Vegas ride

Next up was CrossVegas! As a f an of Cross there are few races that compare here in the US with the excitement of the race and all that leads up to it. This race always tends to be a tough one with the nations best riders showing up not only for the pro events but also for the Wheeler/Dealer race. This year did not disappoint. Raleigh/Clements own Craig Etheridge had the #1 plate as last years winner and  didn’t disappoint leading the race pretty much from start to finish. I had the 80th position starting point in a 156 rider deep field riding my Gates Belt Driven Raleigh Hodala. The start was crazy with everyone going for it on the opening crit lap before we entered the course. I was pretty happy to maintain my position at the start this year as I tore off with the goal of hanging with the Colorado based Gates guys as long as I could. I kept some of them within site for a solid 2.5 laps before I exploded and began searching for beer hand ups along the course. I wasn’t disappointed there! One of the newly added features this year along the course was a flyover which after blowing up I used as my source of entertainment while suffering thru the remaining laps. Though I didn’t get as much air as this guy I did clear the gap on one effort and I felt like a hero. 🙂

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Both the Men’s and Women’s races were great to watch with Raleigh/Clement riders Caroline Mani, Nicole Duke, Allen, and Ben Berden kicking butt. Ben animated quite a bit of the Men’s race and ended up taking 3rd overall on the day behind J-Pow and Tim Johnson. I’m really looking forward to these guys coming out to Cincinnati for the UCI3 weekend in November for sure.

Here are a few pics from the race with more to come before long.

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the start/finish area before the magic happened

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side view of the flyover

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Raleigh RXC Pro Disc bikes ready to go

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Caroline Mani ripping it up

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Ben throwing down over some of the uphill sand barriers

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Tim Johnson ripping

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J-Pow airing out his pits...oh and winning.

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the Men's podium. Tim, Jeremy & Ben

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