First off, I’d like to thank every individual that made the Cross of the North what it has become over the past 6 years – Our participants, our sponsors, our vendors, our officials, all the photographers that captured the activity, and especially our volunteers. You all played a role in making this event the best cyclocross event on the calendar (I admit to being biased.)
It is at this time that I have made the decision to resign my position as Executive Director. Our Technical Director Tommy Taylor has also made the decision to step down at this time. This decision is not as much in response to the resignation of our Course Director Jay Zorn a day ago rather, in support and alliance of it.
We have worked very hard over the past 6 years to break the model of typical CX racing in Colorado. Our primary goal was to create a destination event that showcased our lifestyle and community. We raised the bar in the details, (min. 3+ meter-wide lanes, double tape, two-way pit with water whether needed or not, a Friday night race under the lights, multiple food vendors, beer, kids zone, no gimmick features, hard fencing where needed, and in the last two years, the incorporation of live music.) It is unfortunate and frustrating that the race numbers (participants and spectators) have been unable to reflect the passion, vision, and level of enthusiasm we each have for this sport and community.
There have been a lot of suggestions and opinions on how to improve our model. Shorten the weekend, loose the night race, eliminate live music, reduce number of courses, etc., but this is our brand. This is our vision. This was the Cross of the North.
At this time I do not know the future of the Cross of the North and it pains me to let go. I love these people very much. However, I need to spend some time with family and get back to why I fell in love with this sport a decade ago.
Thanks for playing