Mother Nature a problem for visiting international cyclists

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by Johnny Archer with Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Inclement weather is to blame for a major shift in the CycloCross World Championship bike race taking place in Louisville.

The world-renown event was supposed to continue through Sunday but high water levels on the Ohio River forced organizes to hold all of their races today.

The event drew thousands from all over the globe to Eva Bandman Park where cyclists maneuvered in the mud and snow.

This race has never been held outside of Europe before and most of the participants are from overseas.

“A lot of my family is coming in and they are all wishing me luck,” local racer Drew Dillman said. “And I’ve heard a lot of people yell my name. It gives you a lot more to race for when there are so many people behind you.”

“You watch it a lot on TV or on the internet. But to see it live is amazing to see these guys to ride as fast and as hard as they do,” spectator Steve Smith said.

While many of these riders appreciate a challenge, Mother Nature was definitely a problem.

The rising Ohio River will cause Beargrass Creek to flood which could also flood the course.
 

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