Which US-based world championship event received more holistic support from USA Cycling — 2013 ‘cross or 1986 road? Sure, this year USA Cycling covered a portion of the Exergy shortfall. But what choice did the federation have? The only party that deserves to be more embarrassed than Exergy by its easy-come, easy-go approach to cycling sponsorship should be USA Cycling. Dilgence, schmiligence. The chronic inability of USA Cycling to score sustained, consequential corporate sponsorship over the last decade speaks for itself.
It’s a bummer that we have riders as likeable and as talented as Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Jamie Driscoll and Tim Johnson, yet their destiny is to suffer OTB at big time ‘cross races like Worlds because the federation seems to lack in the resources to invest in them. USA Cycling, hire some serious salespeople, please. Our athletes deserve more.
Please note that the word simple does not mean the same thing as simplistic. Simple is generally neutral and sometimes a compliment. Think unadorned. By contrast, simplistic is almost always a criticism.
Original end to this question was ‘…racing in 2013?’ But I like these better.