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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Even though rising waters from a swollen Ohio River changed the race schedule, Louisville still tried to capitalize on the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships.
A down and dirty race week could only follow a natural progression to a muddy cleanup of beer cans and posters left floating in icy, muddy waters of Beargrass Creek.
"Loved it, absolutely fabulous. It was a lot of fun," said Felipe Payet, an Austin, TX resident who originally is from Peru.
His friend, Charles Valade, said the races had " a very European feel with the beers and the cowbells."
"It was awesome. Epic conditions with the snow and the mud," said Jess Parker, a cyclist from Oklahoma and cyclo-cross fan.
A flooded race course forced race officials to move all the men's and women's races to Saturday. The rising Ohio River also eventually flooded the streets of downtown Louisville with international tourists in search of something to do on Sunday.
With the schedule changed, many used the extra day to hit up museums along Main Street or learn a lesson from urban bourbon trail.
"The follow up lesson this morning was not so fun, but last night we had a lot of fun," said Dave Mathews, a fan who came from California.
"It's been great actually. My buddy came up with the idea to see the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. So we did that. We did the tour," said Payet.
"Yeah, it was a real nice. I gotta say right here on Sunday there's a lot of stuff closed," said Jamie Johnston, a cyclo-cross fan.
The Louisville Sports Commission estimates the city could see between $3 and $5 million in tourist revenue dollars this week. Meaning even in a down and dirty sport, the city of Louisville is looking to clean up.
"As far as the course and the racers I thought Louisville did a great job hosting the event," said Tanner Colberth, fan.
"We loved it. The first time in Louisville and we really enjoyed the city," said Payet.
This week's UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships marked the first the event has been held outside of Europe.