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February 3, 2022
February 3, 2022
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.
Photos: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
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