2013 Cyclocross World Championships – Louisville, Kentucky U.S.A – News, Results, Photos, Videos

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Sven Nys wins his second Elite World Championship over Klaas Vantornout in Louisville, KY. © Nathan Hofferber

Sven Nys wins his second Elite World Championship over Klaas Vantornout in Louisville, KY. © Nathan Hofferber

On February 2nd, 2013, the world’s best cyclocross racers descended on Louisville, Kentucky to fight for the honor of wearing the rainbow jersey as the 2013 World Cyclocross Champion. They came from the birthplaces of ’cross: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. They came from France, England, Japan and the United States. They came to compete on the first course ever to host a World Championships outside of Europe. They stampeded across Eva Bandman Park – a park specifically designed for the sport of cyclocross – running the limestone stairs, riding the deep sand, and sprinting the long straightaways as thousands of fans lined the course to cheer them on, so close they could see the sweat on a racer’s brow. In the week prior, the world’s masters riders (those racing ages 35 and above) competed in their age categories for their own Worlds titles, making this the week of champions. Whether you are a grizzled veteran or have never heard of the sport of cyclocross, this was a week of racing not to miss!

 

Be sure to bookmark this page: not only do we have all the info and news you need to get psyched and prepped, but this is where we’ll be posting all our race reports, video interviews, and photos!

The Races:

Schedules:

2013 Masters Cyclocross World Championships Event and Race Schedule – Updated

2013 Cyclocross World Championship Events – Update

Latest News:

Masters World Championships Latest News:

Cyclocross Magazine’s 2013 Louisville Cyclocross World Championships News Timeline:

 

The sand is just one of many features awaiting the racers at Louisville

The sand is just one of many features awaiting the racers at Louisville  © Molly Hurford

Louisville Quick Facts:

The City

  • State: Kentucky
  • Famous for: The Kentucky Derby Horse Race; Birthplace of Muhammad Ali; the Louisville Slugger baseball bat
  • Population of Louisville: 602,011 (2011)

 

The Course

The Elite Worlds Course in Eva Bandman Park, Louisville Kentucky

The Elite Worlds Course in Eva Bandman Park, Louisville Kentucky

  • Race Venue: Eva Bandman Park, constructed in 2009
  • Cost of course: $125,000
  • Races Hosted: USGP Derby City (2010,11,12); 2012 Masters World Championships
  • Course Features: long sandpit, railroad-ties run-up, limestone stairs run-up, off-camber sections, fly-over
  • Distance: 2.3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 44ft
  • USGP Louisville Winner Jeremy Powers’ Average Speed: 23.18mph (Day 1)
  • Winner Katie Compton’s: 20.78mph (Day 1)
  • Fastest Recorded Lap:
    • 4:39 (Ben Berden, Lap 4 of Day 1)
    • 6:32 (Katie Compton, Lap 3 of Day 1)

 

The Weather

  • Record Hi/ Low on Feb. 2nd: 68 °F (1903) / 19 °F (1951)
  • Record Rainfall on Feb. 2nd: 1.93 in (1887)
  • Record Snowfall on Feb. 2nd: 2.40 in (1961)
  • Average Rainfall on Feb. 2nd: 0.12 in
  • Average Temperature on Feb. 2nd: 36 °F
  • Average Snowfall on Feb 2nd: 0.20 in

 

Event Calendar for Masters and Elite Worlds:

Tuesday, January 29:

Pre-race Training course open.

Wednesday, January 30th:

Qualifying Heats: Men 30-34; Men 35-39; Men 40-44; and Men 45-49
Repechage: Men 40-44; and Men 45-49
Championship Races: Men 60-64; Men 65-69; Men 70-74; and Men 75+

Thursday, January 31st:

Repechage: Men 30-34; and Men 35-39
Consolation Races: Men 30-34; Men 35-39; Men 40-44; and Men 45-49
Championship Races: Women 30-34; Women 50-54; Women 55-59; Women 60-64; women 65+; Men 50-54; and Men 55-59

Friday, February 1st:

Championship Races: Women 35-39; Women 40-44; Women 45-49; Men 30-34; Men 35-39; Men 40-44; and Men 45-49

Saturday, February 2nd:

11:00 – Junior Men

2:30 – U23 Men

Sunday, February 3rd

11:00 – Elite Women

2:30 – Elite Men

 

Information for Racers and Spectators:

Heading to Worlds? Be sure to check out our guide to the City of Louisville!

Official Host Hotel: The Galt House.

A nice guide to cheap hotels by our Cowbell member, and Master’s 70-74 2010 National Champion, Erik Nordenson

Get treated like a Pro with a mechanic, heated warmup area and trainer from Pro Bike Express

Come to watch the races? Be sure to buy your tickets. Gates open at 9am both days.

Arriving on Friday? Check out the Elite Rider Presentation at 4th Street Live at 6:30pm.

Eva Bandman Course Videos

Preview the World’s Course with this 2012 USGP Louisville Pre-ride

See The Winter Louisville Course from the 2012 Masters World Championships

Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson talk the race, Eva Bandman course and Worlds after USGP Derby City

Compton, Nash and Gould talk the race, course and Worlds after USGP Derby City

Pete Webber interviews Worlds course designer Bruce Fina:

Jeremy Powers’ heads to the USGP Derby City in Behind the Barriers

Want to relive the 2012 World Championships at Koksijde? Read on!

Elite Men Report: Niels Albert Reclaims his Crown

Talking Koksijde with Chris Jones

Talking Koksijde with Nicole Duke

Meredith Miller’s Race Diary

New Zealander Genevieve Whitson’s Race Diary

The 2012 World Cyclocross Championships in Koksijde:

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