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Gallery: Cyclo-cross racers pre-ride Worlds course in Tabor

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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Junior talent Eli Iserbyt (Belgium)

Junior talent Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Klaas Vantornout (Belgium)

Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Meeusen (Belgium)

Tom Meeusen (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Helen Wyman (Great Britain)

Helen Wyman (Great Britain) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Martin Bina (Czech Republic)

Martin Bina (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)

Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Worlds course in Tabor

The Worlds course in Tabor (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The barriers on the Worlds course

The barriers on the Worlds course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A dusting of snow on the Worlds course

A dusting of snow on the Worlds course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders test themselves over the barriers in Tabor

Riders test themselves over the barriers in Tabor (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lars van der Haar (Netherlands)

Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Marcel Wildhaber (Switzerland)

Marcel Wildhaber (Switzerland) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Meeusen (Belgium)

Tom Meeusen (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The finish line for the cyclo-cross Worlds in Tabor

The finish line for the cyclo-cross Worlds in Tabor (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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World podium area

World podium area (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The course is all set up for Worlds

The course is all set up for Worlds (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lars van der Haar (Netherlands)

Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Martin Bina (Czech Republic)

Martin Bina (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium)

Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium)

Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The stairs on course

The stairs on course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Belgium team is out for a pre-ride

The Belgium team is out for a pre-ride (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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American and Canadian riders pre-riding the Worlds course

American and Canadian riders pre-riding the Worlds course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Young riders out on course

Young riders out on course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Meeusen (Belgium)

Tom Meeusen (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium) speaks with the media

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) speaks with the media (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cyclo-cross riders pre-ride the Worlds course in Tabor

Cyclo-cross riders pre-ride the Worlds course in Tabor (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Klaas Vantornout (Belgium)

Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)

Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rob Peeters (Belgium)

Rob Peeters (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Lars van der Haar (Netherlands)

Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders are out pre-riding the Worlds course in Tabor

Riders are out pre-riding the Worlds course in Tabor (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Sven Nys (Belgium)

Sven Nys (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Klaas Vantornout (Belgium)

Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Wout Van Aert (Belgium)

Wout Van Aert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Just days away from the start of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships and riders were out warming up on the course in Tabor, Czech Republic. The junior men and the elite women will kick off the championships event on January 31 followed by the under-23 men and the elite men on February 1.

Race favourites seen pre-riding the course on Friday were Belgium’s Wout Van Aert and Tom Meeusen, Great Britain’s Helen Wyman and Czech Republic’s own Katerina Nash, among others.

The riders tested their form and technique along the course's technical sections, over the barriers, up a set of stairs and through some sections of mud. Although there was a light dusting of snow, most of the course was rutted with frozen mud.

The day also included a pre-race press conference where riders from the Belgium national team spoke with the press. Riders at the conference were Van Aert, Meeusen, Sven Nys, Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout along with under-23 rider Laurens Sweeck and junior rider Eli Iserbyt.

To read the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships preview please click here.

To view the gallery of riders previewing the Worlds course in Tabor please click here.