This just in!! Possible CX Nationals in Boulder Colorado!!!
Chris Grealish and CrossVegas Part Ways--Focus Now on Nationals for Boulder
Chris Grealish, founder of the CrossVegas cycling event, leaves that organization to focus on securing national ‘cross championships for Boulder, Colorado, in 2012.
Boulder, Colorado, April 6, 2010 -- Cyclo-cross fanatic and cycling event promoter, Chris Grealish, will no longer be affiliated with the CrossVegas event. Grealish built the race into one of the mainstays on the national scene, scheduling the event to coincide with the fall trade show, Interbike. National and world champions attended the event during Grealish’s tenure.
“It was a great race,” says Grealish. “I’m going to focus my energies on winning the bid for national cyclo-cross championships for the 2011 and ’12 seasons. We’re hoping to use the Valmont Bike Park, in Boulder, Colorado, for the race.”
Grealish was instrumental in getting the funds and political will mobilized to build the Bike Park in Boulder. The 40-acre facility will be developed in phases, with a UCI-caliber cycling loop available by the time Grealish hopes to host nationals.
“We have a great tradition in Boulder. The Boulder Cup at Harlow-Platts is the second- or third-biggest race in the country. We attract hundreds of athletes and several thousand spectators. It’s one of the great Boulder events these days,” Grealish explains.
If Grealish gets his way, national championships will come to Boulder in January of 2012. USA Cycling, the national governing body for cycling, awards national championships in consecutive years, so Boulder would host the 2011/12 and 2012/13 events. Economic estimates from past championships indicate the event pumps more than a million dollars into the local economy.
“Boulder’s the perfect venue for a national championships. We consistently host the world’s best cyclists and we could do a world-class ‘cross event, with thousands of riders and even more spectators. It would be epic!”
Grealish’s event promotions company, Denver Boulder Couriers Events, has put on mountain, road, and cyclo-cross events over the past two decades in and around Boulder County, Colorado.