Riders got muddy on the Cyclo-Cross course on Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship wrapped
up with Sven Nys of Belgium winning the World Champion title.
An estimated 10,000 fans from around the world packed into Louisville's Eva
Bandman Park to witness the victory. The championship races were not supposed
to take place until Sunday but had to be moved up a day because of fears that
the Ohio River would flood parts of the course.
"It was nice to see all the races in one day," said fan Maarten Zandbergen.
"Weather was cold, but nevertheless it's been a great day."
This was the first time the championships have been held outside Europe.
One Belgian spectator said the Cyclo-Cross championship in Belgium is the
equivalent of the Super Bowl in America. The Louisville Sports Commission
estimates the event pumped $3 million to $5 million into the local economy.
Riders struggled through lap after lap in the muddy mess on Saturday. One
cyclist called the course treacherous. USA rider Jonathan Page said, "It
was very slippery, and it got even more slippery as the day went on. I had a
little trouble, flat tire, so it was a tough day at the office."
U.S. Athletes were glad to be competing at home for a change. American Katie
Compton placed second in the Women's Elite Competition, and athlete Drew
Dillman is from Louisville.
"Obviously, as an American, to be able to race at home is a pretty special
thing," said three-time U.S. national champion Tim Johnson. "As
far as world championships go, this was definitely one of the best."
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