Yesterday's World Cup Cyclocross race in Namur, Belgium was completely different from any 'cross race I ever experienced. Honestly, I prefer American 'cross. Don't get me wrong, it was a great race. But from a spectator's perspective it left a lot to be desired. Expensive entry fee. No parking nearby. Not family friendly. Smokers everywhere. Course crossings few and far-between. Limited and expensive food. No tents, coolers, chairs, or bikes allowed. Apart from the many fan clubs wearing the same jacket or hat, and serenading "their" rider at the team van, the crowds were actually very subdued... not much cheering or applause along the course. My son and I had the only cowbells which, I hope, our American racers appreciated. And the course was really more like a mountain bike xc course than a 'cross course. It was great to see the U.S. riders out there... and winning 2 of 4 races. But I hope Zolder is a better experience for us. We want to support the American riders... especially the ones we know. But seriously, these races have nothing on New England Cyclocross in terms of fun and entertainment.
Photos below for those interested:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200186581734400.2197142.1447422736&type=1&l=edea9a9b2a