Fire barriers proved to be warm and popular spectating areas. © Matthew Lasala

Fire barriers proved to be warm and popular spectating areas. © Matthew Lasala

If you were in Louisville for the 2013 World Championships, you have raced, spectated, or just heard rumors about the Raleigh Singlespeed Derby held Thursday night in a nearby park. “We’re not saying that there will be fire,” they said weeks before the race, “but we have a lot of insurance.”

And as you can see in this gallery by Matthew Lasala, they didn’t disappoint. A pyrotechnics expert who used to work at a local Six Flags lent a hand in course design, and fire-eaters thrilled crowds during the largely bourbon-fueled race. Cyclocross Magazine’s own John Proppe took the win, and to find out more about the race, check out our “report” here.

Check out more of Lasala’s work from Worlds at Lasala Images.

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