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Old 12-08-16, 10:39 AM
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What makes the CX season end?

Maybe when the ground freezes?
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Near as I can tell, almost no one in the US puts on races past December 31st.
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OK. Any idea why that date? Yeah, it's convenient and all, but the Euro season is still going white-hot -- and some of our latitudes closely match theirs, so "it's too cold" doesn't seem right.
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^Agreed.
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Maybe New England and Midwest are traditional hotspots for CX in the US and they might be colder than Belgium at this time of year. ?

...Altho CX is expanding rapidly and is now big in Cinci...L'ville...DC... those places tend to stay warmer-ish w quality mud thru Jan.

And what about LA, SF, and PNW?

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Why does the NFL season end at a different time than European soccer? , or baseball?

I think it's just the way it is. Seasons can't go on forever, people need an off-season.
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It may have something to do with the timing of the Worlds (28/29th Jan this year). All the national championships are the beginning of January so that teams are in place for the worlds. Even if you're not running elite, you're racing for stars and stripes in all the other categories in the beginning of January. Nationals tends to be the focus of many. In Europe, there are only 3 weekends of racing after the worlds.

Just an observation.

New this year, we had a New Year's eve race in New York. Well attended and everyone was excited about it.
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Originally Posted by JeffOYB
OK. Any idea why that date? Yeah, it's convenient and all, but the Euro season is still going white-hot -- and some of our latitudes closely match theirs, so "it's too cold" doesn't seem right.
Europe is MUCH warmer for a given latitude. The continent is a giant peninsula, with favorable warm water currents as well. Keeps it relatively toasty
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CX racing in places like Chicago or New England in January seems like it would be a tough sell for a race promoter, even in a cooperative winter like this one.

Here in Chicago we also run into a problem with available daylight from early Dec - mid January. Our last race (usually first weekend of Dec) typically uses every available minute of daylight for racing, with first races going off at 8:30am and the last race wrapping up around 4:30pm, leaving organizers scrambling around in the dark trying to set up and tear down. Doing that for several more weeks would be hard for them, I would think.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la
CX racing in places like Chicago or New England in January seems like it would be a tough sell for a race promoter, even in a cooperative winter like this one.

Here in Chicago we also run into a problem with available daylight from early Dec - mid January. Our last race (usually first weekend of Dec) typically uses every available minute of daylight for racing, with first races going off at 8:30am and the last race wrapping up around 4:30pm, leaving organizers scrambling around in the dark trying to set up and tear down. Doing that for several more weeks would be hard for them, I would think.
Very true, though keep in mind Euro daylight hours are longer in summer, but even shorter than ours in winter.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman
Very true, though keep in mind Euro daylight hours are longer in summer, but even shorter than ours in winter.
Good point.
Maybe we should just start racing under the lights, like Cross Vegas.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la
Good point.
Maybe we should just start racing under the lights, like Cross Vegas.
Heh, I've yet to start. Meant to try a race this past year, but it never really happened.

But, recently put brifters on my commuter, and picked up a set of cyclocross tires from a bike swap yesterday, so I'm more or less set to go other than pulling fenders off.

From an equipment perspective. Nerves, hard-coredness, fitness are probably lagging significantly though lol
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In my area CX season ends on NYE, then many of us go to Nats the next week.

Road season for us starts at the end of Feb. A little time off from racing does us well.
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It's time to prep for road season.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman
Europe is MUCH warmer for a given latitude. The continent is a giant peninsula, with favorable warm water currents as well. Keeps it relatively toasty
This is true, but not because the continent is peninsular. Western continental shores benefit from the prevailing winds carrying the more moderate air masses of the ocean inland. Water has a higher heat capacity than land, which means it both absorbs and releases heat more slowly. So it doesn't cool off as much or heat up as much as land. On top of that, Europe doesn't have the coastal mountain range that runs down basically the entire west coast of the USA and blocks those oceanic air masses from moving further inland. So the moderate Atlantic climate extends much deeper into Europe than it does in the Americas. For all the romanticizing of terrible Belgian weather in the USA, the hotbed cyclocross regions here have much more severe winter weather on average.
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