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Gallery: Riders preview snowy course in Tabor

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British team members train on the world championship course.

British team members train on the world championship course.
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Snow and ice on the Tabor world championship course will put bike handling skills to the test.

Snow and ice on the Tabor world championship course will put bike handling skills to the test.
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Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands) with her Dutch teammates.

Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands) with her Dutch teammates.
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A British rider crashes on the snow and ice covered course in Tabor.

A British rider crashes on the snow and ice covered course in Tabor.
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The Netherlands' Richard Groenendaal shoulders his bike.

The Netherlands' Richard Groenendaal shoulders his bike.
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Riders spent time on Thursday previewing the world championship course.

Riders spent time on Thursday previewing the world championship course.
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A Canadian rider runs the barriers.

A Canadian rider runs the barriers.
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The US's Jeremy Powers puts his bunny-hopping skills to use on the barriers.

The US's Jeremy Powers puts his bunny-hopping skills to use on the barriers.
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One of Japan's riders previews the course.

One of Japan's riders previews the course.
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Dutchman Thijs Al pre-rides the Tabor course.

Dutchman Thijs Al pre-rides the Tabor course.
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On Thursday, riders from many nations previewed the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship course in Tabor, Czech. One rider, favorite Zdenek Stybar, was pleased with what he observed.

"It is totally different than in the Czech championship a few weeks ago", said the Czech Stybar to Sporza.be. "There is much fresh snow on the ground. That is perfect. The track is demanding enough so the strongest can impose their wills on Sunday."

Stybar will face challenges from Sven Nys and Niels Albert among others.

Check out the gallery of images showing British, American, Canadian, Dutch and other riders pre-riding the course.