• Sports TravelMagazine.com 25 December 2017
in the Southwest
The Southwest boasts expansive skies and sprawling vistas, towering plateaus and wide-open spaces. Nature has created a wealth of venues for sports competitions, and the facilities built by the region’s
schools, cities and counties are equally impressive. ;
Reno often finds itself compared to Las Vegas, its
much-larger sister city to the south. But other than
the presence of casinos, the two couldn’t be more
different. In geography and climate, Reno is more
Northern California mountains than Southern Nevada desert, more small-town ski resort than sprawling Sin City.
“We are way more comparable to the NorCal
vibe—we call ourselves NorNevers,” said Shelli Fine,
director of sports development for the Reno–Sparks
Convention and Visitors Authority.
Reno is a road-bike friendly city that also boasts
thousands of miles of trails in the surrounding
mountains. “We are a cycling destination, and we’ve
got a very avid cycling community here,” Fine said.;
Reno will host the 2018 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in January at Rancho San Ra-fael;Regional;Park. The city also recently landed the
Interbike trade show through 2022.
Reno is strong in indoor sports as well, thanks to
the 500,000 square feet of exhibition and event space
at the Reno–Sparks Convention Center. Basketball,
volleyball, martial arts, fencing—“any indoor sport
you can name, we can do,” Fine said.
On the collegiate level, Reno is in the last year of a
three-year deal to be the neutral host site for the Big
By Rachel Carter
Events in this region o;er a certain flair that
will leave participants asking for more
A 10-day event, the
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