I'm a newbie racer, with one season of road racing and a whopping 2 CX races under my belt, so please excuse my ignorance, but -
Why is there no peloton in CX? With the exception of early season cat 5 races, nearly every road race I've been in or watched has a pretty tight peloton, and even breakaways and stragglers tend to be clumped in 2-6 rider packs. But in every CX race I watch, regardless of level, the pack explodes by midway through the first lap to the point that racers appear to be randomly distributed around teh course by 30 minutes in.
Is it simply that the speeds are slower, offering less benefit to draft and hide in the pack? Are skills more unevenly distributed in CX?