I'm all about the Audax these days Njee - this high BPM chasing each other round a field thing is sooo last year. Cake stops and Ron hill tracksters for the win..
At least 4 of the riders in the top 8 in Sport in the Gorrick winter series last weekend were running 1xN. I'd comment on the Expert/Elite class but I'd have to be somewhere near them to see what combination they're running and there's bugger all chance of that..
Depending on your strengths you may find a 'granny' ring is entirely necessary in XCO races.
I find this elitist nonsense quite depressing, and not entirely encouraging to new riders trying XC racing.
First off, there's no elitist nonsense at all. I'm about as far from Elite as you can get. The point here is the original comment and the fact that the majority of racers at the sharp end now run 1xN. Those in the fun/open category probably don't (and there's nothing wrong with that!) but the proper fast lads (of which I am not one of) run 1xN
Are you saying the lower orders shouldn't bother? Harsh.
Next you'll be telling me its the taking part that counts...