I want to add that fixed gear races, next to the big crowds, would probably do pretty good on television. Just as CX it's a spectacle and short and intense rather than endurance. If it wasn't for 1 guy standing high above everyone else CX probably be one of the best disciplines to watch on the television. But just as fixed gear racing it's more of a sub-culture with a specific following. Fixed could copy CX by asking for an entree fee and get more revenue out of food trucks etc around the venue.KWalker wrote: ↑Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:16 pmMeanwhile, gravel events and fixed gear crits draw a ton of spectators. You can often engage and track riders through apps or livestreams and since amateurs often race the same event there is a lot more fan engagement then just waiting outside a bus.
Cycling has to grow. World Tour road racing and Pro MTB do not have successful models. CX might have the most fan engagement, but is pretty novel and obscure.
With that in mind, I'm also curious about how Innsbruck WC did, from what I've read you had to buy a ticket to get a spot on the finish line straight. It might make cycling less open but if races start asking a fee for the mountaintop finished you got the chance on a healthy business.