As touched upon in the amazing Danny thread, which was almost certainly the wrong place to do it, the state of british xc seems in a pretty poor state.
We have a depth of downhill talent that is only really matched by the French, at the world cups there are a staggering amount of downhillers from the uk that qualify for the final. Yet in cross country in a few talented riders but that’s it, nothing like the depth in downhill.
Why are we so rubbish when in the early 90’s the uk was a force to be reckoned with in xc?
My personal feelings are I feel there is a bit of a go slow culture in xc riding in this country. Noticed a few threads on local rides round here when someone suggested setting up a little race course and bombing around it, as a change, it was totally poo pooed, and the usual plod culture was resumed.
Other than Shred and a very small bits and pieces in MBUK no one covers xc racing magazine wise, were as Dirt has loads on downhill racing. The lack of coverage of British xc has seen many of the better riders cross to the road so they can actually be sponsored.
Racing has got stupidly expensive.
And I can’t speak for other clubs, but my current club is rubbish, it gives the youth riders loads of help and support with racing and supporting them; Which is great obviously, but once you’re out of that age group there is nothing but road rides and one slow, plod around the hills. I tried to get my local club to start an XC training session, as it does loads for the road and triathlon but only the aforementioned plod for mountain bikers. I was told fine, but do it yourself, which is no help when I am not trained in this area and they didn't want it official, which mean if something happened to someone I would be screwed. All I wanted was a coach or someone official, to come along to the sessions; I emailed coaches from the club but got nothing in reply, I was happy do all the work they just had to come along but no. THANKS. I am pretty annoyed about this, as I was happy to give up my time, to do something for the sport but kind of just got it shoved back at me.
Understand that this isn’t important to everyone, but…