The UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships will pedal into Louisville on February 2-3, 2013. For the first time in the international event's 63-year history, it will be held outside of Europe, at Eva Bandman Park on River Road near downtown Louisville.
The world championships will feature 300 top professional riders from approximately 25 countries and is expected to draw crowds of 5,000 to 6,000 per day, including fans, cyclists and officials from throughout the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world.
The event is estimated to generate more than $3 million in economic impact to the local economy and will result in extensive media coverage for Louisville both in the U.S. and across Europe, including a world television feed broadcast to millions in Europe during prime time. Approximately 120 domestic and international journalists will cover the event.
"We are hosting an internationally sanctioned, world championship of cycling, with elite athletes, officials and spectators converging on Louisville from across the U.S. and around the world," said Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt.
Cyclists will race at Eva Bandman Park, the only dedicated cyclo-cross course in the nation.
"This event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will validate Eva Bandman Park as a world class cyclo-cross course and will generated significant economic impact through inbound sports travel, especially welcome during the winter months," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher.