Peter van den Abeele, UCI Off-Road Sport Manager, likes the mix of skills, power and talent that a racer will need to have to win the rainbow jersey at the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships held in Louisville.
“We did an unofficial course walk today together with the organizing team and our UCI technical delegate and honestly I'm very, very positively surprised, super nice course, nice marked off and especially it has everything.” van den Abeele said after seeing the course at the Eva Bandman Park.
“This is a course which has everything so you need the skills, the power, the speed, that's what you like to see at a course for the World Championships, not only a monotone thing but something that has everything and this has it. Definitely the best guy will be crowned as the world champion or the best girl!”
The weather changed dramatically in Louisville today, as it is wont to do, with highs reaching 65 F (18 C) but the warm temperatures will not last. After rain and thunderstorms tomorrow, the forecast calls for a major dip with highs 39 F (4 C) and possibility of snow on Thursday evening. It will stay cold for the weekend.
“I heard from the past that the weather can do everything down here, I was already surprised that you could almost walk in a t-shirt today.” laughed van den Abeele. “Not tomorrow and they announced even colder during that weekend, that's also cyclocross and that is also good. That also brings that discussion on which lane, which tire, which this. This is also the World Championships, the more it changes, the more excitement there is.”
The official UCI course inspection will take place on Thursday morning.