In an effort to try to bring back some decent intelligent discussion to bike forums in general - serious poll/ question.
It has become apparent around here that our local road season is from March through the first week of June or so. After that the pros invade the area and we have Tour of Americas Dairyland, Glencoe, Prairie State series, etc.
The local level races stop essentially. Then cyclocross races have been starting in mid August. They go through December.
Racers seem to have responded in kind. Train hard from Jan on. Race the crap out of everything through May. Get their asses handed to them in June. Call it burnout and start riding their cross bikes....then on to cross.
Just seems like we have a "quarter season" of road anymore.
Road licenses are down in volume. Attendance is steady at best at my events. Down at most others.
Are you guys seeing the same things in other parts of the country? Thoughts? Discussion?