After extremely wet and muddy conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, the temperature overnight in Louisville, KY plummeted into the low 20s, leaving treacherous frozen ruts on Friday. Greg and Chris rode some of the worst course conditions that we’d see at the Eva Bandman park all week that morning for their seeding heats. At 1pm, Marten staged for the first cyclocross world championship race on U.S. soil in a field of about 30 competitors. History was made as a Belgian, Sven Van Eyndt earned the first rainbow stripes. Until the end, it was anybody’s jersey as two Americans, Thomas Turner and Andrew Reardon challenged the Belgian National champion, and 2009 World Champion. At one point, Sven was back to third place, but managed to take the win with a narrow 3 second margin.
Marten staged on the back row, and focused on riding a clean race. Although the course had been widened in places, many sections were still covered in frozen ruts. Fortunately, he suffered no mechanical issues, and finished in 18th place. See the cyclocross magazine coverage here.