Every now and again, I am reminded why I love unsupported mountain bike races. I love reading about the adventures and challenges that people face while being alone, in the desert, or in the snow, and how they overcome those challenges. There is no money, no press, no trophies waiting at the finish line. And thankfully there is none of this garbage.
I enjoy watching road racing, but to become to heavily involved in it would sap the love of 2 wheels right out of me I think. Give me my underground races, my long mountain rides, and my lack of any license or category ranking. If you like to race on the road, that is great. I honestly enjoy riding my road bike. But the ongoing spew from the sport’s top governing bodies is ridiculous.
I like this point of view, which Elden posted on his blog. The post is written by “BotchedExperiment”, who is frequently mentioned on the blog. Check it out, it makes sense.
I realize mountain biking suffers from some of these same issues. But it’s not anywhere near the level that pro road cycling has reached. Let’s hope it remains that way for a long time to come.
Sorry for the rant.