I've been reading various mags and a few CX books lately -- getting my new jones filled while it's snowing -- and I keep running into mention of a difference b/w Euro racing and the US, and it's that we have a bunch of Classes each race day and one course to fit them all, incl old farts and young kids and so the courses end up too easy and unexciting for the Elites. The Euro courses are scary and intense because they only run a few elite events each day, no beginners, etc.
I would think we could solve this -- if it really is an issue -- by adding a short, intense "spur" off of the main course that the Elites would use, and it could have some groovy feature that they would especially appreciate.
Is this ever done? Does it help? Maybe it's just 100 yards more work and there's already too much work.
Just an idea...
I just started last fall and did a couple local events and had a blast and look forward to laying out my own homestyle course or two for practice fun ... and to doing more events next season!
(PLUS...I WENT TO WATCH THE WORLD'S! YAY! WHAT FUN!)