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Tech: Inside the Belgian headquarters at the cyclo-cross world championships

By:
Jonny Irick
Published:
February 01, 2013, 17:19 GMT,
Updated:
February 02, 2013, 12:48 GMT
Race:
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Depending on what happens with the weather, Saturday's races could be monumentally challenging - for both the riders and the mechanics. Eva Bandman park clearly has more than enough mud and grass to go around and the freezing temperatures certainly aren't helping.

Depending on what happens with the weather, Saturday's races could be monumentally challenging - for both the riders and the mechanics. Eva Bandman park clearly has more than enough mud and grass to go around and the freezing temperatures certainly aren't helping.

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This article first appeared on BikeRadar.com

Consider this: the Belgian national brought 20 riders to Louisville, Kentucky, for the first-ever UCI cyclo-cross world championship to be held on US soil. What's it take to support 20 riders? Try 66 bikes, 140 sets of wheels (all with tires mounted, mind you), countless spare parts and repair equipment and an army of team mechanics and staff. The Belgians aren't just coming – they're here, and in a big, big way.

We took a tour of their team area, which occupied a sizable conference room inside a local hotel. While it's not a proper service course by any means, it's awfully impressive considering the logistics of getting all of these people and gear here. Sit back and be awestruck.

Also, stay tuned for more in-depth features on some key Belgian team bikes, too. We're just getting started here.

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