Cyclocross Nationals Versus the Umbrella Drink
I started this debate on Twitter yesterday and I can’t help but open it up here.
Cyclocross Nationals is in Wisconsin this year. In January. Yes, you read that right – Wisconsin in January. (Average low temperature in January? 8 degrees. Average snowfall 10.1 inches.)
I’m into epic awesome hard shit and everything, but damn that sounds cold. And the Sicilian has lobbied hard for a beach vacation getaway in place of shelling out to go race bikes (at the back of the pack) in the fucking North American tundra. I have to say, his arguments sound better and better.
This is the exchange that went down between Gary Fisher, USACycling and I:
GF: I did the CX nats in Wi in 1979, 8″ of snow the night before, are you OR folks wimps or Americans?
GF: ok, you are in the toughness club, nuf said…
Various other Twitter voices added to the discussion, bribing with the promise of frozen volleyball courts (??) or reasoning that it’s no worse than Belgian winter. (Average low temperature in Brussels is 34 degrees, no snownfall info available on Weatherbase.com – going to go ahead and say that Madison January trumps Belgium handily…).
It’s pretty much guaranteed that it’s going to be ass cold, lots of fun, and memorably challenging. But for $1500-1750 (two tickets, bike fees, hotel fees) there is a reasonable argument in favor of the tropical alternative. Especially given the fact that I’ll be getting mowed down by a bunch of age-group crushers.
Is the beer that good in Wisconsin?
Should I do it for the cheese curds?
Who are you and why the hell are you (or aren’t you) going to 2012 Cyclocross Nationals in Madison?