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Lee's Blog No 6

This is the time of year to contact us urgently, as the National Cyclo-Cross Championships are close. Here at petematthews.com, we have a large range of wheel components to suit every rider for this discipline.

Louisville, Kentucky, could be on the brink of  losing the right to host the 2013 cyclocross World championships, according to  the Gazet van Antwerpen (GvA). The event, which would be the first time  that the championships have been held outside Europe, is said to be under threat  because the organisers have not been able to raise the necessary finances.

So far the only sponsors to have been secured to support the event are the  Kentucky tourist board, Louisville Metro Parks, which is to be the event venue,  and the Louisville Sports Commission. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has  reportedly given the organisers until the end of this week to provide firm  assurance that the necessary finances are in place.
Also of concern is  the apparent lack of course construction. Louisville is also due to host the World masters championships on January 15th of next year as a warm up event.  With less than two months to go, there has reportedly been little progress, as  Belgian riders Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters (both Telenet-Fidea) discovered when  they visited the venue last week.
“The organisers urgently need to do  something,” said Wellens, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. “Absolutely nothing  has happened here.”
Losing the cyclocross world championships would be a  blow to cycling in the USA, which has just secured the road championships in  Richmond, Virginia for 2015. If the UCI was to take the event from Louisville,  the likely contenders to replace the US city would either be in Luxembourg or  France, says the GvA.

I have added an event schedule for any persons interested in the forthcoming UCI World's in Kentucky.