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WORLDS 2013 Destination: Louisville When the news broke in late January that Louisville, Kentucky, was being considered as the location for the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships, a welcomed shock wave rippled through the American cyclocross community. The excitement was palpable, and the prospect of Louisville hosting the event soon be- came the U.S. ’cross scene’s hottest topic on group rides, during post-ride coffee stops and in Internet forums. The official announcement that Louisville had, in fact, been awarded the 2013 World Championships was met with enthu- siasm from ’cross racers and aficionados in the U.S. and Europe. However, a host of questions and queries followed. Who had the idea to host the World Championships in Louisville? Why did the event proposal stay under the media’s radar until the Belgian news reports surfaced in the days leading up to the 2010 World Cham- pionships? And how in the world would riders such as Klaas Vantornout and Sanne van Paas- sen get all of their wheelsets to Louisville? Soon after the announcement was made, Cyclocross Magazine hit the mud to find answers. The Background The work leading up to the bid proposal be- gan in January of 2009. For several years prior, Bruce Fina and Joan Hanscom, the owners, pro- ducers and coordinators of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross (USGP), had been hard at work organizing and delivering some of the best UCI races in the U.S.. Louisville had successfully hosted its second weekend of USGP cyclocross racing the prior October, and Hanscom found the city to have some of the best support for sports she had ever seen. With the commitment of the Sports Commission, the city and the vol- unteerism, she found Louisville ideally suited for a world championship event. “Louisville is easy to get to [for European travelers], it usually has the best weather in January of any of the cities we work with, and USA Cycling has a good rela- tionship with Louisville.” The city is also no stranger to large sport- WORDS BY Dan Werle PHOTOS BY Tom Moran ing events. It has hosted the Kentucky Derby for close to 150 years. The 2008 Ryder Cup golf tournament was in Louisville. It has long been identified as a college basketball stronghold. Louisville has hosted an Ironman triathlon event annually since 2007 as well as several USA Cy- cling National Championship road events. Hanscom has been an integral part of the Above: Are we there yet? Louisville’s com- munity anxiously anticipates Worlds. 16 CYCLOCROSS MAGAZINE | ISSUE 9 rapid growth of cyclocross in the U.S., and she has wanted to bring a World Cup or World Championship race over for some time. A self- described “good New Englander,” she uprooted from the Northeast and re-planted herself in Louisville in order to help make the 2013 World

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