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How many spectators are normal at a cross race?(4 posts)

How many spectators are normal at a cross race?Pack Meat
Dec 3, 2001 4:05 PM
And I'm not talking about people that raced and stuck around to race, I mean friends, family, and most important fans of the sport. We had the Colorado State Cyclocross yesterday and the spectator turn out was good but probably less than 40 non racing spectators. This is very sad considering we had some fairly notable racers including Gullickson, Travis Brown and Allison Dunlap participating. We had beer and brats on the grill, it was a great day, I just don't get it. We even had a raffle and we were giving away 3 pairs of skis, 3 snowboards and a freak'n Fondriest frameset, and a bunch of other stuff. I've seen more people watching a little league baseball game.
About 15% ; ) [nm]Ahimsa
Dec 3, 2001 7:37 PM
re: How many spectators are normal at a cross race?Velocipedio
Dec 4, 2001 5:28 AM
The truth is that CX needs more exposure. Only people who know it exists will come out to races, and the only people who know it exists are cyclists. Until it gets on TV occasionally, few people outside of the CX/cycling community will come out to races and stand in the mud.
Depends on promotionthemayor
Dec 4, 2001 5:41 AM
With good local promotion, you can get 1000's of spectators.
As a co-promoter of a UCI race in MAine, We got newspaper and TV pre event exposure, combined the race with a small local festival...and had over 1000 non cycling spectators.ECV did the same for the Gloucester,MA UCI race, which was piggy backed with a SuperCup and got the same results.The local promoter has to put the asses in the seats.