Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Something to learn from cyclocross?


My friend Leslie linked this cyclocross video:

Cross Crusade Race #4 PIR from Burk Webb on Vimeo.

As I was watching it, I thought, "we ought to do videos like this for orienteering." An orienteering could easily include some interesting images and rough conditions.

Cyclocross and orienteering have some of the same appeal. Both are tough sports that attract fairly small crowds. There is definitely some overlap among competitors. That's local orienteering legend Mean Gene racing cyclocross below.

The two sports have some big differences. Cyclocross is an equipment sport. Orienteering isn't. Cyclocross is easy to explain and most people will understand it ("it is an off road bike race"). Orienteering isn't like that. Cyclocross is a good name. Orienteering is not.

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posted by Michael | 7:57 PM


Youre quite wrong to say that cyclocross attracts fairly small crowds. In Belgium it is on television each week and there is many many crowds.
Good point. I guess I was thinking just of the U.S. situation.

But that's in Belgium, only. Watch the report of the famous azencross in loenhout:


The "washboard" is very popular these days :-)
That video is great. The washboard is crazy.

Cyclocross also has a habit of attracting, shall we say, interesting people in the same way Orienteering does.
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