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Old 11-28-02, 09:10 PM   #1
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Does the season end in mid-Dec everywhere?

I live in Baltimore, Maryland (US). This is my first CX season. I am surprised to see that everything seems to be over by mid-Dec. Why is the season so short? I seem to remember that roadies in my native Denmark would have weekly CX training/races all through the winter, but I could be wrong. How long is the season in other places?
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Old 11-29-02, 04:09 AM   #2
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My first race of the Season was on September 15th (dusty, short-sleeves, 22 degree heat). My last, probably, mid February (ice?, leg-warmers?, wishing for more frame clearance?). I have raced virtually every w'end so far, (fighting a cold at the mo' feeling that I'm lagging a bit after a promising start) and have 3 races in 8 days over the Christmas period. So we are lucky in that respect.
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The season ends in early November in Quebec. I've been talking with some other guys about scheduling races later in November to extend it a bit, but with Nationals at the same time every year, that might be difficult. Besides, It's been snowing, with -10C temps lately. Not exactly the kind of weather that brings a lot of bodies to the start line.
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Mid-December seems to be it up here, Mass., as well. The Euro races do go a lot later, but four months of racing isn't bad.
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We quit next weekend, Dec 8th. Considering, we also started mid September, that is quite a bit of racing. Most of the folks race Road/Track or Mountain bike, so it makes sense to shut 'er down by December.....

Plus after Xmas I doubt anyone would really be motivated to race. It seems to make sense to me.

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