Big events always make me want to write a love letter to cyclocross. Everything that draws me in to begin with is always there, and then some: larger fields, harder competition, more friends — old and new. What’s not to like about more of a good thing?
Cross has provided, and continues to provide, a great mix of friends. Forging those friendships inside the tape is always special. Raging for an hour at the edge of your physical limits, rubbing elbows, being humbled, dishing out a decisive attack to win your group — the need to experience these things is something unique that we all share with each other.
We understand the need to come back and do it again the next week. Do it over and over again, week after week, year after year, and you forge a bond. It’s especially nice to see this transfer from the early races in the day all the way through the UCI elites.
Sharing accounts of the race that just finished, sharing tent space for warm-ups, sharing life stuff that isn’t about bikes — it’s all part of what makes community. It’s what makes this game something we should all cherish, appreciate, and nurture. Hug your cyclocross friends the next time you see them. OK? See you next week.
More shots from two days of UCI-classified racing at the US Open of Cyclocross at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colo.: