No sorry mikeWW, I didn't mean to imply that anything other than dominating xc at world level is a failure. And perhaps at a world level it's just that 'wait till things start to pay off' thing, hopefully Grant Ferguson/David fletcher will come through the ranks strongly and once again the UK will have someone to look for in world xc mens races. It's great to see Annie Last up there already and hopefully some more will join her.
Just from a spectator point of view, we had the days of glory days of Baker and Gould et al and then Nick Craig filled the gap for a while. Then it was Oli and Liam, but has been Oli and Liam for a very long time and apart from the odd great result or good season, there has not really been anyone to get behind for a while.
I still hope Liam will come back to his best, as he is undoubtedly talented, it was just disappointing to see him on the third row of the grid at the world (not seeing that as a particularly bad thing)to then disappear into the 50's to then DNF. It would just be good to see a few UK riders in the top 10/15. I think especially with the Olympics round the corner both in time and location, it would be good to know the crowds would have someone to support with a chance of a medal but going on the results at the moment it looks unlikely (talking about the mens, think Annie could be in there with small chance of a medal); unless Liam and step up to the mark again, which is not impossible if the last two Olympics are anything to go by, but still.