CrossVegas has served as the (inter)national season opener of cyclocross, coinciding with this hemisphere’s largest industry trade show means a strong international showing including the likes of two time world champion Bart Wellens and his teammates on Team Fidea.

Jeremy and Zach were clearly on-form for this year’s edition, with Jeremy finishing just off the podium in 4th, “[I] had a great race, played [my] cards right, was in it to win.” Zach finished just outside the top 10 in 11th, “I had a solid race and I’m quite content with how I did, I met my goals for the race and my performance on faster courses in improving.”

A really fantastic start to the season considering the firepower present in this year’s edition. The European racers of Team Fidea and Team Rabobank did not cross the pond to sit in the field, and the top tier of domestic racers from LTS/Felt, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, and current national champion Todd Wells all made for an exciting race. More videos and thoughts from Jeremy and Zach after the break.

“The conditions for the race were great, it wasn’t too hot, the rain from earlier in the day slowed the course down a little and kept the usual dust out of the air which was a nice change from last year” said McDonald, who kept making the selections staying with the front group all evening. “I was pretty excited when I heard about the rain since I knew it could smooth the course out and make it a little more interesting, especially since everyone brought file treads… I had a solid race and I’m quite content with how I did, I met my goals for the race and my performance on faster courses in improving. It’s always great to race in Vegas since the crowd and environment is fantastic (along with the heckling).”

Jeremy brought his A-Game, and was in the hunt throughout the 60 minute main event. “[I] had a great race, played [my] cards right, was in it to win and just came up about 6 inches short. I wished I was able to have won and for one moment I thought I could but right at the line I got passed by two and one was still away” Powers reflected on his fourth place finish.

The team is off to a great start, with this strong performance in Vegas, the UCI win in Pennsylvania the week before, and Chris Jones returning to the dirt from his road season, it’s going to be an exciting season!

Up Next, the team continues on the West Coast:

  • Saturday, September 17th – Star Crossed Twilight, Issaquah, WA, UCI C2
  • Sunday, September 18th – Rapha Focus Grand Prix, Issaquah, WA, UCI C2

And then it’s off to the Mid-West:

  • Wednesday, September 21st – Gateway Cross Cup, St Louis, MO, UCI C2
  • Saturday, September 24 – USGP #1, Planet Bike Cup, Sun Prairie, WI, UCI C1
  • Sunday, September 25 – USGP #2, Planet Bike Cup, Sun Prairie, WI, UCI C2

photos by Todd Prekaski, videos by cyclingdirt.org