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Thousands attend Cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville

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All eyes were on Fayetteville last weekend for the Walmart UCI Cyclocross World Championships held Jan. 27-30 at Centennial Park.

It was only the second time in its 72-year history that the event had been held in the United States.

The festivities kicked off on Thursday with a group of students from Fayetteville Public Schools who presented a parade of nations to represent the 25 home countries of the race participants in town for the championship.

Racing kicked off on Friday with a new experimental team relay event.

Individual races were held on Saturday and Sunday, with the best racers in the world competing in various categories, including men and women’s juniors, under 23, and elite.

Saturday’s races ended with Marianne Vos (Netherlands) winning her eighth world title after sprinting past the current reigning champion Lucinda Brand.

British cyclist Tom Pidcock crossed the finish line in a one-armed superman position to win the men’s elite world cyclocross championship on Sunday.

Spectators came from all over the world to watch the races, which drew an estimated 7,000 attendees for Sunday’s final.

A handful of photos from the event are below, and you can see more at Fayetteville Flyer here, here, here, and here.


Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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2 responses to “Thousands attend Cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville”

  1. Shelly Moran says:

    Really nice photos give perspective of the event for those who could not attend.

  2. […] for many things – home to the state’s flagship university, a Civil War Headquarters, world championship cyclists, a music festival and keeping all things funky. While the unique style and business environment are […]

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