I'm taking time to write and say that CX is alive and well down under, thanks to guys like Bradley Norman (mudstersoftheuniverse.blogspot.com) and Scot Kirton (Ipswich Cycling Club). I attended my first CX race at the criterium park near my pad (pretty cool!) and I was stoked at what I saw. Now, seriously, I was amazed at how similar it was to the old Slimenundgrossen days. A handful of people creating something new for a handful of people. Albeit the weather was perfect - much better for a 4-hour road ride rather than cyclocross race - but that's beside the point. There was creativity, passion, and motivation that was great to experience. These guys are doing it right, the same way Mark, Joel, and Curt did it right. And it made me realise something - that CX is not necessarily defined as racing you do when it's too shitty out to go for a long ride - something that I, or most anyone, would define it as, but it's something you do because it's fun.
So much fun, in fact, that I repaired some broken tape, pounded stakes, drank some beer, and volunteered to put on a race here in BNE next year.
So, thanks to Brad, Scott, Joel, Mark, Curt, Roger, Mike, Joe, Chris, Bill, Andrew, Greasy, KLD, Moto, Chestnut, and all the other people who make or made cyclocross fun - for me and everyone else around the world.
Because I talk way too much, pal Rob Cobcroft, proprietor of a great Brisbane-based cycling blog (www.veloaficionado.com) hit the record button and let me ramble. I'm sure I sound like a douche and probably take way more credit than I deserve (not intentionally!), but the point is that Kansas City CX is world wide, that's something we can all take credit for...
So, check out his site and let him know what you guys think!
As far as this year's season goes, I'll be posting something this week. Keep posted. See you guys soon. and I'll miss you all this season.