How do you want to race and by that I mean what are the check list of items you mentally go through before you decide to do a CX race or not? Over the past 12 months the hum of races getting too expense is starting to turn into a roar. Some are saying that bike racing, particular CX is starting to price itself out of existence. In what use to be a cutters style race where racers would cobble together second class parts and show up pretty much clueless to what cross was all about are now showing up with Carbon A and B bikes and are prepped with CX specific training given to them by their coaches. Is that evolution or is that elitism? In a recent poll we did we discovered that about 3/4's of the riders want bare bones racing with no prizes, no announcing, no extras, just a course, parking lot and less than $25 entry fee (after all late fee's and extras applied). That's not to say that big event racing should disappear it's just that within a month 3/4 of the races could be bare bones to keep the riders coming back. While that might not eliminate the carbon on course it should make your day just a little bit easier to swallow.
But lets belabor this for a moment, why is it that CX racers want bare bones races when the equivalent in the road scene is office park crits which are hated by many? And maybe these big events are not for the riders but for the growth of spectators. And what's wrong with the evolution of American Cyclocross with riders doing special training for the event or even consider themselves "just to be a cross racer" and nothing else?
Personally, I love the big show, but you gain a lot of practice in the little bare bone events and I hope neither go away but if I could change anything I'd make the big shows bigger and the bare bone events bare'er. Some promoters should accept that they are bare bones and make it cheap, cut all the extras out but have them often like on the weekdays like they do in Golden. And big event promoters, give me a show, let me get sucked into the dream of prizes and actual trophy I could get, maybe even a podium girl and spectators can be awed by the size and strength of the fields and vendors can get exposure from the crowds.