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CrossVegas 2011

CrossVegas 2011 - The weather made for an exciting race this year, but when is cyclocross ever not exciting. Thanks to the unusually rainy weekend and stormy afternoon, the grass at Desert Breeze park was thoroughly soaked as the first category 'Wheelers and Dealers" race began. Since I 
Katerina Nash
was still manning the registration and rider check-in tent I wasn't able to see it but it sounded exciting, the field was stacked with over 150 riders so I'm sure the start was interesting. Just before the pro women's race started registration closed (yes the Pro riders like to wait till the last minute to check in, who knows why), so I headed to the finish line to assist the results team, front row to all the action. The women's race was amazing as usual but everyone knew from the start that it was team Luna's Katerina Nash that would take it. After the women's race the course was thoroughly 'slopified' for the men's pro race. The race was exciting with lots of tactical position changes and no clear front runner right up until the end. I was right at the finish line when the three front runners, Rabobank's Lars Van der Har, Cannondale's Christian Huele and Telenet-Fidea's Rob Peters, crossed and I couldn't even tell who had won. All the photographers started scrambling around trying to see who had the winning shot. From my perspective Peters was in front in the last 10 meters but he took a chance to look over his right shoulder at Huele giving Van der Har, on his left, the chance to sneak by barely taking the victory.
Huele, Peters and Van der Har

Check out CyclingDirt.org for complete coverage and more awesome pictures and videos. Especially watch Rob Peters reaction after the finish here.

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