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Cyclocross is growing in North America, but it's going to take time. Right now, it seems to have a lot of refugees from mountain biking who are fed-up with NORBA and the whole mountain bike scene. It's worse in canada, where we will not be sending a team to the Worlds', and where there was no womens' national championships because not enough racers showed up.
On the other hand, Lyne Bessette's utter domination of the circuit this year will probably get more people interested in Canada. I know the FQSC [the body goverining cycling in Quebec] is planning to greatly expand its cyclocross season in 2002... so we'll see.
There are some fine American and Canadian racers, though. Marc Gullickson, Tim Johnson and Pete Wedge would have a higher UCI ranking if North American races had more points. They may not be up to the level of a Nijs or Vervecken yet, but the sport is still young here, and it's growing.