Video: Belgians Jump the Fence, Recon Louisville Worlds Course (and Get Stuck)

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Part of the Belgian National Team, led by Sven Nys, Aernouts and Peeters, climbed over the course fencing to sample the Worlds cyclocross course at Eva Bandman park (despite the organizers’ Tweet that “the [course] is NOT open to pre-riding”).

We don’t profess to be great at Flemish, but our rough translation is that the crew initially giggles at the simplicity and lack of technical features of the early grass section of the course, only later to be surprised by the vertical change in the woods, as well as the sand pit.

Sven Nys' biggest challenge in Louisvile so far? Escaping his bandit pre-ride on the Louisville course.

Sven Nys’ biggest challenge in Louisvile so far? Escaping his bandit pre-ride on the Louisville course.

The highlight of the video and the biggest challenge for Nys, the amazing bike handler? Hopping the fence to get off the course.

Enjoy the video below, courtesy of Nieuwsblad.be.

 

 

 

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20 comments
PeterBols2
PeterBols2

Just signing in to note that there are no, or very little, restrictions for pre-riding the course in Belgian races. Also: the gist of what's being said in the video is that the course is fairly technical. "A real CX course" as one of them remarks. And as we've all seen, these guys love them some ice and mud.

Great race. Incredible atmosphere and an example to great organising.

Jimmy Peeters
Jimmy Peeters

You can laugh wirh them, but one of the belgians will win, you can count on it.

Thomas Owen Mahnke
Thomas Owen Mahnke

I checked weather and looks like the high for sat and sun will be right at freezing. Living in Austin I really do not own any cold weather gear. I feel like the kid in Breaking Away...."The Belgians Are Coming, The Belgians Are Coming." See you all there.

Gregg Germer
Gregg Germer

Armando, if you have been to any big Belgian race course they can get to be sticklers for protocal, some important, some very unimportant ... give a guy a floro-vest and a "signalgever" tricolor arm band and he will give you problems ... that said, I hope the US worlds is awesome for everyone and there isn't to much pompous "this is worlds" and more "have a great time here and let's do this again" attitude.

Harriet Riley
Harriet Riley

Enjoyed the video. Not being able to understand their comments made them seem alien-esque!!

bikeworldnews
bikeworldnews

Looks like the river is already pretty high. Areas upriver have had a lot of snow and if we get the warm up this week that's predicted, it could get interesting. 

Joseph Toth
Joseph Toth

Note to self: while poaching a closed course wear my Belgian kit.

RossDouglas
RossDouglas

Could you imagine being a local cross racer now and see these guys farting around on your home course..  That's be the snizzle..

 

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Elliston Coaching, awesome. Get any good quotes? Impressions? What do you think of the course?

Elliston Coaching
Elliston Coaching

Ha, I was standing there watching that whole scene. And they were asked to get off the course, and did. It'll be totally shut down to all starting tomorrow.

Stephen Vogel
Stephen Vogel

1) Gotta love the Flemish language 2) Somebody needs to lube their chain!

JimmyDeaton
JimmyDeaton

Not a set of disc brakes in sight....

Armando Alegre
Armando Alegre

I don't think they restrict you from pre riding a course in Europe

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Gregg Germer I wonder what their reaction might be if that happened. Would it be like "do you know who I am?" or "Sure, no problem." But selfishly we think anything to make sure they have a positive experience is good, so that Worlds can come back one day.

Kevin Hinton
Kevin Hinton

ugh!!! Last year was friggen frozen mud /rain and snow ,this year looks like a gold course ..figures

Thomas19
Thomas19

Why are the fences so high?

Gregg Germer
Gregg Germer

part of me wants the American organizers to get all "official" to the Belgians about pre riding so they know what it's like for our guys over in Belgium at the races ... but then again, that isn't the American style, American CX is about fun

stackout
stackout

 @Thomas19 Keep me from running out and leg humping the competitors

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