I noticed that the # of registered riders for Bend is down this year. I don't remember seeing a drop in recent years - it just has been getting bigger and bigger. Wondering if you went last year and aren't this year? If so, can you share why?
Do people think it's too expensive, too long of a week, too many rules? Is it not the party it used to be? Or is it just the economy? Or people went last year, had fun but realized how far/cold it is?
I don't know anyone who travels a long distance to go to track, mtb, or road nationals to race if they don't have a chance at a title, or go just to watch. Cyclocross has been different in that sense - it's high-level racing but also a fun event to watch and participate in. Looks like that might be already shifting?
I'm curious to see how the Madison event will come together, especially with it being in January. But it's also just before Masters Worlds too, right?