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Date Posted: 20:57:15 12/25/02 Wed
Author: Dave
Author Host/IP: 203.48.58.111
Subject: Re: Cyclo-crossing issues...your views?
In reply to: Vaughn 's message, "Re: Cyclo-crossing issues...your views?" on 08:27:58 12/25/02 Wed

It seems all sports go thru this type of thing. Australia at the moment is supremely dominant in cricket for instance but all that means is that the other particpating countries need to do something to catch up...training/development improvements etc.
similarly Belgium and Holland are supreme in CX , tough! The rest of us need to put in place systems to allow us to catch up. Australia has lightyears to go in CX not even competitive at your club level no doubt.
Artifitial measures only serve to stifle the sport. Hinders in stead of helping things.

Dave


>Cyclocross is gaining popularity in the states, and
>the amount of races is growing.
>I think that artificial rules that eliminate
>competition instead of fostering open competition do
>not help the riders or the sport.
>Isn't this what we complain about with le tour, that
>good teams and riders often do not get a chance to
>compete often because of the selection process for
>wild card?
>If Dutch and Belgian riders dominate in an open field
>as they are the better riders then let the others come
>up to that competition level.
>The only other criteria that may be fair would be to
>have some pre-selection process as in have heats
>leading to semi-finals and then the final
>selection...or points gained in races to select the
>order of starts. I think any sport suffers more when
>some fair form of selection is used.
>Let the games begin eh!
>Your English is great Mark no problem here. straks,
>vaughn

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