What a great day of racing! I was lucky enough to attend the 2013 World Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first time they have been held outside of Europe & this was the first time I have visited Kentucky. Due to the rising Ohio River, which sits just beyond the course at Eva Bandman park, they moved Sunday’s races to Saturday, which turned out to be great. Rather than a gap between the races, the day was wall-to-wall cycling.

The Junior Men’s race was at 9:30, followed by the Women’s Elite race at 11:00, then the Men’s U-23 race at 12:30. Then it was time for the big boys to come out, with the Men’s Elite race at 14:30.

The Dutch did well, with Vos going wire-to-wire. Lars van der Haar, all of twenty-one years old, opted out of the U-23 field and competed against the Elite Men, placing third. Wow, talk about young talent! Mike Teunissen won the U-23 race, and Mathieu van der Poel won his second crown in a row at the Junior level. Four races, three wins, and one third place by a 21-year old. A good day for the Dutch.

It was incredibly exciting to see the racers up close, to watch the gentlemen mechanics wheel PRO bikes around the course before and after the races, and the crowd had a great time. It was also exciting because the conditions changed from a frozen, snowy course for the first race to deep, thick mud by the final race. We “couch surfed” with a really interesting family, had a few nice dinners out in Louisville, and Lucie is officially hooked as a cross fan. Nice!

Klaas Vantournout’s bike is wheeled away as he stands on the 2nd podium step:

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And some mighty fine racers, with Niels a few places off the lead.

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