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Rising river forces schedule change at cyclocross worlds

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