The big bucks are in Las Vegas for the 2008 mountain bike race year. At the Mountain’s Edge Cactus Cup, September 19–21, everyone has a chance to walk away a winner, with a total prize purse of $25,000 up for grabs. Also, in an unprecedented move in mountain bike racing, a percentage of registration fees payback pool to all male and female categories, which include Pro, Semi-Pro (men’s class only, no women’s class available), Expert, Sport and Beginner. Registration is open at www.cactuscuplasvegas.com, and the stage race and optional omnium format (where racers compete in individual events and are assigned points for performance) for Expert through Beginner categories includes the Exploration Peak Time Trial, Super D, and the Cottonwood Cross Country. The Fat Tire Criterium is only available as a part of a full stage race registration.
“The percentage of entry fees payback-awarded to registered racers creates a prize pool so that larger, more competitive classes have larger cash purses. Each class has a guaranteed prize list with a varying percentage of entry fees added to this guarantee,” explains Ravi Rajcoomar, managing director for Swagger the company putting on the race. “While the top levels have a chance to win money, we created incentives for those new to racing, who are in the Beginner category, so they can reinvest in their own cycling.”
Expert, Sport and Beginner categories are conducted in five-year age groups as follows: 18-and-under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54 and 55+ based on NORBA racing age classes. Age classes with fewer than 10 entries will be combined with the closest lower age group (55+ and 18-and-under excluded).
The event is scheduled just prior to the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas and is a fundraiser for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation (www.herafoundation.org) and the Animal Foundation located in Las Vegas (www.animalfoundation.com).
About the Cactus Cup
The Cactus Cup was first launched in 1991 in Scottsdale, Arizona, as a grassroots mountain bike event. The race and festival quickly became the world’s No. 1 mountain bike event, attracting 10,000 participants and 75,000 spectators with races in U.S. cities including Scottsdale, Athens, Ga., Galena, Ill., Miami, Crested Butte, Colo., and Memphis. International Cactus Cup events have been held in Tokyo, Japan; Cairns, Australia; Munster, France; Munich, Germany; Canmore, Alberta, and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The last Cactus Cup was held in 2001 in Athens, Ga. In 2008 Swagger, LLC, partnered with Mountain’s Edge to revive the event in Las Vegas.
The Mountain’s Edge Cactus Cup is produced by Swagger, a company with more than 50 years of combined experience as a sports-marketing and event-management organization. The nation’s leading organizer of criterium racing, Swagger currently produces over 40 criterium events, including America’s premier criterium, the Twilight Criterium in Athens, Ga., a race that’s enjoyed 28 years of success.
About Mountain’s Edge
Mountain’s Edge is a 3,500-acre master-planned community in Las Vegas that celebrates the rich history of the valley. The community’s master plan allows for more than 500 acres of parks, trails and open space. When fully developed, Mountain’s Edge will have four elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. The community also plans to have a fire station, shopping centers, restaurants and commercial office space. Mountain’s Edge recently was certified by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCo), a leading independent real estate advisory firm, as the No.1 selling master-planned community in the United States in 2007. In 2006, the community ranked as the No.2 selling master plan in the nation.