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  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   14 hours 1 min ago

    The fact that cyclocross if officially taking itself too seriously can only be a good thing.

  • Reply to: For you Dale   15 hours 3 min ago

    Get well Dale, we need you!

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 9 min ago

    "Ladies only please" for flashing? Really? I thought you (303cycling) were trying to advance women's cycling in the community. Comments like this - even if made in jest, which I'm not completely sure this is - just doesn't help.

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 18 min ago

    Just because you have a number on your back doesn't mean you are mentally committed like the pros are, inversely like in a bike tour some are taking the "tour" very seriously and are going to win it. If you don't want bacon while racing than don't take it and those offering should not be shoving it in your face. Lets not discourage the festive atmosphere, just bring it to an acceptable level.

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 21 min ago

    There are a few aggressive spectators here on the front range.

    Sometimes the racers aren't any better though.

    Last year at the Bowl of Death I told some younger dudes to chill out or keep it clean. Same race that some masters got DQed for tossing F bombs.

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 23 min ago

    That isn't a well worth read. It was just a short blurb of regurgitation

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 26 min ago

    The drawback to acting like an asshole is that sooner or later, you will run into somebody that is better at it that you are.

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   21 hours 53 min ago

    Wow, talk about Enid obnoxiousness, did you read your last sentence?

  • Reply to: Coffee Talk - Spectator Etiquette   22 hours 12 min ago

    Even in the comments, it's more snide obnoxiousness than real thought.

    Cyclocross doesn't need to be a "fringe" sport, and isn't trying to be. In case you haven't stayed to watch a race in the last couple years, there are basically 4 "groups" of spectators: racers waiting to race (or rejoicing they are finished), families and friends of those racers (including small children like my girls who are 4 and 6), "community members" (vendors, shops, fans of the sport), and people who came to see what all the tents and caution tape are doing at the local park. These people make the race fun. If you don't believe me, skip the races this weekend, go somewhere there isn't a race, and try to replicate the experience alone on the course.

    If you take the carnival experience away from cyclocross, you essentially are killing what brings new blood to this sport - the spectacle that attracts people to stay and cheer all day for people they (mostly) don't know. But a carnival isn't a riot. Spectators should be respectful of the sport (and heckling is, in it's own way, respectful of the sport until it's personally insulting). Like anything, if you wouldn't like someone saying (or doing) it to you, don't do it to someone else (but if your mom swears like a sailor, that's not an excuse).

    The elements that make 'cross fun for spectators make it fun for non-elite racers (and probably elites too) - and don't require idiocy. Standing on the top of the hill offering hand ups of beer or bacon doesn't detract from the sport. But standing (or leaning) inside the course throwing things at the racers does. If you can't see the inherent difference in these two things, maybe you should go back to kindergarden and re-learn your basic socialization skills.