With the 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships only days away, riders took advantage of the opportunity to pre-ride the parcours on Thursday.
Perhaps the most high-profile rider out on the course was the Czech Republic's Zdenek Stybar, who made the decision to start Sunday's elite men's world championship after his recon of the circuit in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.
The two-time 'cross world champion has only raced a handful of races this winter as his focus has shifted to the road for his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, but the 28-year-old Czech found the course to his liking and will seek another rainbow jersey on Sunday.
Most feedback from the riders indicates a faster than normal course at the moment, with only some heavy mud in the lower meadow. Rain is predicted for Saturday's junior men and elite women's races before the skies clear for the men on Sunday so conditions will change rapidly.
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