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