So my wife and I are sitting there watching a Law and Order rerun, one of many we watch nightly when a commercial for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Turino comes on. As the commercial delves into the pathetic sappiness of twelve year old figure skaters and thier dreams of gold and other heartwarming blather, I wonder to myself; "why the hell isn't cyclocross a Winter Olympic sport?".
Think about it; every other facet of cycling is in the Olympics, even (roadies and traditionalists, please insert gasps here) mountain biking. It's just like when snowboarders joined the ranks of thier more prim and proper skiing counterparts at the Games. CX is a wintersport, shouldn't it be there too?
Granted, CX is not "Alpine" in nature, but then again, neither is figure skating. Heck, you could build an ice rink in Florida and the little twelve year old can still triple pirouette her heart away, no mountains needed. Even the "sport" of curling in the games for cryin' out loud! CX has all the makings of a viable Winter Olympic event. CX races are held in the cold season, usually in snow, and even the World Championships are in the dead of winter. It's fast, it's exciting, it's rough and tumble, it's picturesque, it's got raving lunatic fans who drink gin, play trombones, ring bells, and wave big yellow flags with black Flandrian lions. How much more "winter sport" can you get?
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd love to see cyclocross in the winter Olympics. Anyone think this can one day happen? Any chance that we can see the likes of Sven Nys, Jonathan Page, Enrico Franzoi, Bart Wellens, Erwin Vervecken, Richard Groenendaal, et all (maybe even good ol' jpearl) going for gold rather one day rather than that annoying twelve year old girl?