here is an interview with Barry Wicks from 08′
actually its just the best part of it and kind of highlights why i like ‘cross so much… there is no Lance Armstrong in any of these guys, just sadists who like cold, filthy, muddy, pain, BUT have a personality. a personality of some one who you would hang out with.
“6. How is a guy like you treated by the fans over there?(belgium)
The fans were pretty cool. At first they are skeptical of you, give you a good looking over and make sure you are legit, but after a few races of finishing on the same lap as the bug guys, and showing that you may have a little something special they start to give you some love. After a few seasons they start to recognize you and come get trading cards and take pictures of you and all that. We never made it remotely close to the Nys fan club, but Tonkin did get a bit of a following for running the beard and hairy legs and actually acknowledging the crowd a bit.
7. How would you rate the competition in Belgium versus what you see at US races?
I guess it would be like the US is D3 and Belgium is the NBA. The top guys from the US are lucky to even finish the race, and the top Belgians are making the big bucks and getting all the cheerleaders. Except they are Belgian cheerleaders, so we don’t really care.
8. Have you been flashed in the woods during a Belgian race? Or do they just do that kind of thing in Portland?
Most of the nakedness I have seen in the US comes from the Portland area for sure, but I have wafted through some dank in the woods in northern Belgium. For the most part though, the drunken rowdy fans are old men, and I don’t want to see their fat white asses any time soon.
9. Speaking of Portland, here on the East Coast, we’re a bit insecure about that West Coast cross scene…..the handmade Vanillas with Edge wheels, the novel-writing baristas with long, flowing beards, etc….do you Oregonians really have the world figured out?
I think the Oregon is finally catching up to the East Coast in terms of pretentiousness, but we just do it our own way. I mean, hand made bicycles and novel writing baristas are way more Emo than sweater wearing frat boys from Jersey, so I guess we are the new preppy.”
you see, if it were up to me i would do maybe one or two endurance MTB events per month in the summer, take mid july to mid august off to hang out with my wife doing essential summer chillin’ then i would turn my guts sour racing cross every weekend untill the end of January at which point i would take my wife somewhere WARM on vacation to celebrate our birthdays and to show her my appreciation for her patience on the race weekends.
the main reason why i dont is because i pay for my own equipment and my own registration fees. sure i get better deals than most on bike equipment but the grand total stays the same. a life style like this leaves me with little money to do ALL of the races i want to do, but i get most of them… i definitely cannot afford that post season birthday present of a vacation for my wife though