Zolder Cyclocross Worlds Race Prep and Practice

The Heusden-Zolder Raceway is the site of the UCI Cycling Cyclocross World Championships race.  The dirt is a sandy loam, so it will soak up the rain pretty well and according to the weekend's weather report this theory will be tested...rain, rain and more rain on the horizon.

The Heusden-Zolder Raceway is the site of the UCI Cycling Cyclocross World Championships race. The dirt is a sandy loam, so it will soak up the rain pretty well and according to the weekend's weather report this theory will be tested...rain, rain and more rain on the horizon.

The starting line for the 2016 World Championships. The first straight is long and fast.

The starting line for the 2016 World Championships. The first straight is long and fast.

Some of the first few corners of the track.  There will be a lot of jockeying for position here.

Some of the first few corners of the track. There will be a lot of jockeying for position here.

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This section has concrete-made trees with religious depictions on them.   I'll try to find more info on these.

This section has concrete-made trees with religious depictions on them. I'll try to find more info on these.

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This area is at the far end of course .
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This guy was tackled by UCI staff for unauthorized riding of the track.   

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The rut of this corner takes rider's tires under the fence.

The rut of this corner takes rider's tires under the fence.

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The far end of the Zolder course.
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Gage Hecht is one of the favorites for a junior podium.
Lots of cute, sassy dogs here.
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Dickie Dubaivrienden and his crew are ready for action.

Dickie Dubaivrienden and his crew are ready for action.

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Eva Lechner on the run-up.  You can see how steep it is.

Eva Lechner on the run-up. You can see how steep it is.

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This is the start of a rideable hill just after a run-up.  Legs are burning here.

This is the start of a rideable hill just after a run-up. Legs are burning here.

A wide view of the backside hill.  This place will be packed with spectators.

A wide view of the backside hill. This place will be packed with spectators.

This rideable (in practice, at least) section follows  a tough run-up.  The race could be won or lost right here.

This rideable (in practice, at least) section follows a tough run-up. The race could be won or lost right here.

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Ben Berden (left) scopes out  the course.
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There are a few good rutted-out sections of the course
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This is the well-known off-camber section, which could change a little with the rain.

This is the well-known off-camber section, which could change a little with the rain.

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After the off-camber the course climbs up and around this hotel and restaurant.

After the off-camber the course climbs up and around this hotel and restaurant.

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This downhill-to-pavement section is slick at the transition.
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Sanne Cant is all business during training day.
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Another view of the downhill-to-tarmac section.
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Team USA in Europe.
Helen Wyman and team UK getting ready.
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This is the final turn, leading to the finish line.
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Logan Owen's bike getting some tuning.
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There are a ton of photographers here for the event.

There are a ton of photographers here for the event.

Enjoy this video preview of the course from GCN,,,,more soon, keep checking back!

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