The 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships course at the Eva Bandman Park was taking shape on Sunday afternoon under the watchful eye of chief course designer Keegan Schelling. Schelling and his dedicated group of volunteers have been hard at work building up the course for the past weeks.
“I'm exited to showcase this venue to the world because it has potential and I feel that we've utilized it.” Schelling commented.
Only slight modifications were brought to the course at the Eva Bandman Park used for day two of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup back in November, 2012. These changes were driven by camera positions and to balance the time differences between the pits.
“It's a little bit twister, not much longer, between pit 1 and pit 2. “ explained Schelling. “There are very small changes, you could have come to the USGP and now to this event and not notice the change.”
One of the twists added was on an off-camber climb. In the November design, the course went straight up and then turned left while for Louisville 2013, the course takes a hard right mid-way through the climb and then does a u-turn on the hill, all off-camber. “It's going to be hard and it's going to be an interesting place to watch if it's wet. This will add 20 seconds (to lap times).”
Also, the course now goes around a ditch used in the USGP design. “(The course) goes around (the ditch), goes over the whoopies which I was sad that we didn't include in the USGP this year because they're fun. That turn impacted the turn coming back from pit 2, it used to be banked and now it's a little bit more off camber.” Schelling said.
One change brought by camera positions was made on the edge of the creek before pit 2. “Instead of going into a tunnel of trees down the hill by the rider, we had to stay up on the hill so that they could have a camera shot at it.”
The course is surrounded by fencing as per UCI rules. The crew will continue to build the course over the next days, by adding signage, course crossings and everything else needed to make it a safe, exciting and World Championship caliber course. On Thursday morning, the UCI course inspection will take place before the course is open again for training.