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World championship cyclo-cross course designer: it sounds like the most awesome job in the known universe.

You get to be outside telling people what to do while plotting sinister traps for the racers.  You and you alone are responsible for the success of the race and your design is the test that selects a world champion.

This is what I was thinking as I walked the course at the 2013 UCI World Cyclo-Cross Championships two days before the event. What devious mind came up with these off-camber straightaways that I can barely walk on?  Who devised these seemingly normal steps that rise taller and steeper than the Mayan ruins at Palenque? What crazy trickster thought it was a good idea to plop a sand beach into the middle of a race course?

And then I met him.

I was just strolling along between the course fences envisioning how my heart would explode before I ever got to this point of the track when I came upon a fella moving from one part of the track...

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