An acquaintance of mine said this following his first CX race:
" I feel like cross racing is like the first time you ever tried cocaine. What a rush! Oh you’ve never done coke? Well I’m sure you’ve seen a few movies about folks that have and saw what a great time they were having living it up before coke ruined their lives. Right? Yeah, well I feel like cross is going to ruin my life with it’s addictive nature, fancy wheelsets, carbon fiber frames, 198 bpm heart rate beating out of your chest, blurred vision, bunny hopping barriers, warm PBR hand ups, botched super man re-mounts that have you landing on your “meat & potatoes” before your foot ever clips in. It’s so much fun but like a one night stand it’s over with before you know it."
I believe that pretty much nails it.
Yes, all good! I also saw a post on how to get lapped in 'cross - to paraphrase: "Cyclocross is like a mullet; all business up fron and party in the back".
I tell people that right after the last lap at a 'cross race you are so fried you want nothing to do with it and question your sanity. 15 minutes later you're ready to line up again.
I haven't raced anything else but I really enjoy 'cross. CapCity (Ohio) has a great scene with a lot of really good people to hang out with. Guys that I get to race hard against, badger each other all week, and applaud each other's efforts afterwards.