Cyclocross Winter Camp

One of the big talking points of the US cyclocross scene this year is the move of the National Championships to early January. I was fortunate to participate in the 2007 and 2009 Championships as a collegiate rider and by moving the race 3 weeks later there have been some major implications. I'm opening up a forum here if you would like to comment, here is a list of some of the pros and cons that I can see by this move.

Pros:

1) Help the US's top CX stars better prepare for the World Championships (late January).
2) Help the US's top CX stars better prepare for the 2013 World Championships scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky.

Cons:

1) Members of the Junior Cyclocross Christmas Camp will have to decide between attending the camp, flying home halfway through for Nationals or staying in the states to race 1 event.
2) Collegiate riders are on winter break and will not attend at regular levels
3) The season for amateur riders is now too long...extending into usual resting time before road season. Proof? Registration is down from 2,000 to 400 from December 2010 to January 2012.

Please discuss!

Here is the link for the absolutely fantastic photo essay of the December 2010 Belgian Cross Camp.

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Cycling in a Toque: Cyclocross Winter Camp

Friday, 16 December 2011

Cyclocross Winter Camp

One of the big talking points of the US cyclocross scene this year is the move of the National Championships to early January. I was fortunate to participate in the 2007 and 2009 Championships as a collegiate rider and by moving the race 3 weeks later there have been some major implications. I'm opening up a forum here if you would like to comment, here is a list of some of the pros and cons that I can see by this move.

Pros:

1) Help the US's top CX stars better prepare for the World Championships (late January).
2) Help the US's top CX stars better prepare for the 2013 World Championships scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky.

Cons:

1) Members of the Junior Cyclocross Christmas Camp will have to decide between attending the camp, flying home halfway through for Nationals or staying in the states to race 1 event.
2) Collegiate riders are on winter break and will not attend at regular levels
3) The season for amateur riders is now too long...extending into usual resting time before road season. Proof? Registration is down from 2,000 to 400 from December 2010 to January 2012.

Please discuss!

Here is the link for the absolutely fantastic photo essay of the December 2010 Belgian Cross Camp.

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