I like watching pro cycling from time to time. Road racing is great for the shear strength and power of the riders, as well as the team strategy and timing, but nothing beats a good cross race. Cross racers go so hard. Shredding a road bike on terrain that is meant for a mountain bike, jumping on and off the bike, runnnig through mud, sand pits, it’s never boring. The bikes are amazing too, beefed up road bikes to manage the abuse and debris dolled out by the riders and the courses. The atmosphere at a cross race is similar to polo tournaments. Everyone has a beer in hand, cheering on the racers, screaming and ringing cowbells.
The heckling at cross races abounds, similar to polo. Never let anyone get in your head. Especially someone outside the boards, or in this case the tape.
Also like polo, the racers are focused and determined, in some cases doing whatever it takes to win.
This was at a local race last year. Just barley hits the barrier and its all over.