Cyclocross!!! Ever heard of it? Maybe? Maybe not. From what I gather, it can almost be compared to the NFL in the USA it is so popular in Belgium and other parts of Europe. A good friend of mine, who is an avid cyclist, is in the midst of a very busy Cyclocross season. He was racing in Galt, CA, not exactly a hotbed of cycling activity, but hell you can set up a cyclocross track just about anywhere. This particular race was on the grounds of a winery. A winery can be a dangerous site for a race in Europe as the drunken revelry and fan/racer interaction is all part of the tradition and experience. In America, you can compare this aspect to a Philadelphia Eagles game in which fans are so enthused and bombed they boo Santa Claus. At the Galt event, I heard a verbal jab or two between fan and cyclist. In fact, at one point, I heard the leader of race yell at a few folks. I was shocked but that is the name of the game! Haha. It is always fun to experience something new.
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