This weekend marked the first time the cyclocross worlds have ever been held outside Europe, and judging by the boisterous crowds that turned out the event looked to be a success. The organizers in Louisville, Kentucky, faced more than their fair share of challenges, with major sponsor Exergy failing to pay its bills and the threat of flooding on Sunday forcing them to run all the races on Saturday. But a Belgian sponsor stepped in and spectators were treated to a spectacular, action-packed day of racing dominated by Dutch victories in three out of the four events, and bronze in the fourth one.
The racing marked another historic first as it was the first time cyclocross has ever been aired by a major Canadian broadcaster as Rogers SportsNet picked up the live feed. That’s something I never would have imagined in my days racing in Europe in the 1990s.
On a more personal note, this week also marks my return to the national team programs as I’ve stepped in for two months as Cycling Canada’s interim track coordinator as they deal with a couple people leaving and some restructuring. It means I’ll be managing the Canadian team at the Pan American track championships in Mexico City on Feb. 6-10, and the track worlds in Minsk, Belarus, on Feb. 20-24.
While Minsk may not be my first choice for a February trip, I love track racing and I’m happy to be part of the program. It’ll be a lot of fun working with team pursuit coach Tanya Dubnicoff and our talented and very promising young riders.
You’ll be able to follow the team’s exploits through the Cycling Canada website.