I've done two mountain bike races now and am registered for my third this Sunday, the Rowdy Dog in Virginia. I've got probably over one hundred road and mostly cyclocross races under my belt. I've seen cyclocroos grow tremendouslly since I started about 8 years ago. We'd be lucky to see 10 people show up for the 'C' class cross races then and now it's common to have 50 -80 -100 show up to race. Road races are still very well attended.
I've been riding an old Schwinn Paramount mountain bike for years mostly just to train for cyclocross but I decided to give MTB racing a shot. The first race I attended was the Middle Mountain Momma in April. IT was well attended and I was completely turned on to the sport of mountain bike racing. I attended another race and there were 5 other guys in my class. The race this weekend only has about 30 confirmed riders over like 20 categories.
I know guys that used to race in Virginia and West Virginia and all over really that said it used to be real big, what happened?
Most of the shops around here have more MTB's then road bikes and when I am out on the trail I always see all kinds of people riding some really nice equipment. Are people who are attracted to mountain mike riding just not competitive? I mean I guess you figure that you can ride trails for free so why pay to go race?
Anyway I just wonder what some of you vets think because I wish it was as big as cyclocross is because it's the most fun on two wheels I've had in a long time.