By Peter Hymas
A North American cyclo-cross World Cup has been discussed for several years, but recent meetings of 'cross organisations in Europe seem to make the prospect of a 2009 round across the Atlantic a stronger possibility than ever. The topic has been part of the conversation for both AIOC-Cross (International Association of Cyclo-Cross Organizers) and UCI Cyclo-cross Commission members at their recent respective meetings in Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Adam Myerson, an American professional cyclist and promoter, is a member of both AIOC-Cross, a private organization for cyclo-cross promoters, and the five-person UCI Cyclo-cross Commission. He attended the AIOC-Cross meeting held October 18 near the Kalmthout, Belgium World Cup venue and the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission meeting held October 27 in Prague following the Tabor World Cup.
"The UCI pre-calendar [for 2009-2010] has been established and the UCI has made room to go forward with CrossVegas [as a World Cup round -ed.]. A Wednesday in September has been set aside and everyone knows what race that is," Myerson told Cyclingnews. "The UCI and AIOC-Cross want an American race. CrossVegas is a big success, but there are still many things to be done if it is to be run as a World Cup."
Myerson emphasized that setting aside a date on the UCI pre-calendar only sets the groundwork for the establishment of the event as a World Cup, but by no means guarantees the event will take place in 2009 as the World Cup opener.
Brook Watts, CrossVegas race promoter, refused to comment.