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Date Posted: 13:27:32 12/28/02 Sat
Author: Mark
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Subject: Thanks for your answers!
In reply to: Mark 's message, "Cyclo-crossing issues...your views?" on 15:27:47 12/23/02 Mon

Well, tnx for your views and answers everyone, much appreciated. It's nice to have some opininions from abroad, some things sometimes seem too obvious (or absolutely not) when living in Belgium when it comes to CX maybe, that's why i asked. (and tnx for being able to understand my writings :) ) So the overall view is that the current measures are rubbish and that things will eventually work out fine then. Well, let's hope things work out, and that some of those american riders will break tru over here as well. And some of the the european riders coming over to the US to ride races there, now that would be cool.:)

>Hi, as we are in the midst of the cyclo-cross season,
>here some toughts and questions on it. First of all a
>question for all you non-Belgian or Dutch ppl, (which
>is more or less linked to my second statement) how
>much do YOU see or hear about cyclo-cross? (apart from
>e.g. the daily peleton which covers about every aspect
>of cycling, of which i'm grateful too) And/or can you
>name 5 international crossing stars from the top of
>your head?
>All this has a purpose, before you think i'm putting
>on some kinda survey here.:) Thing is, there has been
>a lot of quarreling at the start of the cyclo-cross
>season over here (Belgium). Because of the absurd
>dominance of the Belgian riders (together with
>Dutchman Groenendaal), the UCI imposed some new rules
>to try and limit this dominance, as you may know. For
>example: The starting line-ups were arranged so that
>riders from different countries would also get a good
>spot, but by this pushing some (mostly vastly better)
>Belgian riders back in the line-up. At which they
>(=Belgians) complained that they had to spend half a
>race trying to pass by these riders. And other big or
>small adjustments. (And since Groenendaal hasn't got
>much of competition in his own country, he always gets
>a good spot, so he's not complaining, so it's turned
>into a "Belgium vs. all" dispute more or less)
>So the deal is, if cyclo-crossing continues to be
>dominated by one or two countries like this, it
>obviously wouldn't be good for the sport. But is it
>right to place riders that are in fact much better
>(and not to mention professionals that have to make a
>living) back because of this dominance?
>Even though there urgently has to be done something
>about it, i don't think measures like these will do
>any good. Rather investing in youth-development and
>promoting the sport in these countries seems to be the
>way to do it. Blah. Maybe my crappy English makes the
>point of my post a bit unclear, but i hope you know
>what i mean.:)

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