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Rising river forces schedule change at cyclocross worlds

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Feb. 1, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM EST
Eva Bandman Park faces flooding early Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (VN) — A rising Ohio River has forced a major schedule change at the UCI Elite Cyclocross World Championships this weekend in Louisville.

With a major storm swelling the river in Pennsylvania and New York, and Beargrass Creek expected to flood lower-lying sections of Eva Bandman Park early Sunday, officials have moved all elite races to Saturday and canceled the rider presentation scheduled for Friday evening at 4th Street Live.

USA Cycling officials said a temporary barrier was under construction to keep floodwaters at bay.

According to race director Micah Rice, a group of officials from the UCI, USA Cycling and the City of Louisville decided late Thursday night to change the schedule.

“It was a joint decision between the city, which includes Metro Parks and the Louisville Sports Commission, the UCI, and USA Cycling,” Rice told VeloNews.

The elite men and women had been scheduled to compete on Sunday.

The National Weather Service expects a 50 percent chance of snow for Saturday, with less than an inch of accumulation. Skies are expected to be cloudy, with a high near 33 and wind out of the southwest at 5 to 11 mph.

New weekend schedule:
Saturday, February 2
8 a.m. Gates open (food served)
9:45 a.m. Junior men 17-18
11 a.m. Elite women
12:30 p.m. U23 men
2:30 p.m. Elite men

FILED UNDER: Cyclocross / News

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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