They've tried recently, I can't remember whether it was the winter or summer Olympics they tried to get it into. Despite the fact that worlds' have been held on appropriately icy/snowy courses a few times in the last decade because they've been held outside the heart of cross in the lowland countries of Holland and Belgium, 99% of races are not held on courses that fit into the winter Olympic theme of ice or snow, yet it's not a summer sport either.cyclemedic said:With the Torino Olympics upon us, I ask the question why isn't cyclocross in the olympics?
Worlds were only a few weeks ago, and there are still superprestige races going on, it seems logical to have cyclocross in the winter olympics.
Yeah, you were flying in Sept but you sure did suffer in the snow. Well, you still finished ahead of me though so i cant give you to much crap. Missed you at the cross meeting on Thursday, it was good. See you on the Mtb!mattv2099 said:It would be cool of 'cross became a summer olympic sport. IT would need 32 countries each with national championships and representataion at the world championships first. I was racing 'cross in the hot september sun last year... Loved it.
Hey, wuzup dave. I work evenings so I couldn't go to the meeting. What did I miss?!?! I'm mainly curious about new category info for the '06 'cross season. Like what will A become next year? 1-2, 1-2-3, ???DPCX said:Yeah, you were flying in Sept but you sure did suffer in the snow. Well, you still finished ahead of me though so i cant give you to much crap. Missed you at the cross meeting on Thursday, it was good. See you on the Mtb!
It was a good meeting. Check the seattle website forum, i think someone (Ryan?) said he would fill you in. It looks as though the A's will go to 1-2, the B's are 3's & so on. Dane (the USCF) official was there too & mentioned that this year will be sort of trial & error to get people in the right classes in our series. We really didnt cover the road vs cross vs mtb categories. I myself only race a few road races a year, usually a 4 (mtn as a expert)but was assured that i wont be forced to race C's. Personally, i think if you are a lower category on the road you should have the choice to race up in cross (if you can hang). However, if you are a 1-2 on the road, you should race that in cross too, not race down because you are new to it.mattv2099 said:Hey, wuzup dave. I work evenings so I couldn't go to the meeting. What did I miss?!?! I'm mainly curious about new category info for the '06 'cross season. Like what will A become next year? 1-2, 1-2-3, ???
Only 2 weeks until the first indie series race. I'm ready, R U???
One thing they are going to watch is average lap times, just like at the finals. Then they will compare the times to the next category up & see where they would fit/place. Of course this only works if all the courses are the same. Remember they had to lengthen Kelly Creek in the snow because the course got faster througout the day. We'll see what happens. Oh yeah, we did all agree that Russell will have to move up because of his blazing fast lap times.mattv2099 said:thanks for the info, dave!
Did they talk about upgrading procedures? upgrade points?
dfleck said:maybe the way to bridge into the olympics is through the X-games...
that would get some visibility to the sport...
doing it in the summer is a bad idea. It would mess with the road and mtb racers that also do CX. How many racers would make CX the priority, not many i'd guess...
we'd need every racer we could to get it onto that level global stage. Besides, it ligns up perfectly with worlds and nationals
Oddly enough... Maxim had a couple lines in one of their recent issues about setting up an Olympic demonstration sport in an article on the Winter Olympics. I'll find the issue today and reply with what it mentioned... I guess there were a couple sports that broke into the Olympics this way.zank said:I wasn't brining it up to question whether it is a sport or not. I simply wonder if the "32 countries are into it" rule applies.
The real question, what action can be taken to try to get cross entered as a demonstration sport? Who do we need to send letters to? USA Cycling? The IOC?