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cyclo-cross is deeply ingrained in belgian and dutch culture and society. it's a normal mainstream sport that attracts 30,000 spectators to major races. kids start doing it when they're pre-teens.
in north america, it's still a very, very marginal sport. you have to remember that cycling itself is marginal here and, aside from a couple of stars [armstrong and hamilton], north american cyclists are pretty much outmatched across the board. that's even true in disciplines -- like mountain biking -- that were actually invented in north america.
competitive cycling as a whole will have to become a big sport over here before a specialist discipline like cyclo-cross has a hope of matching the euros.