Yeah. Tricky for sure. I watched the live feed of the Asian Championships about a couple of years back because my friend was racing and had a decent shot at the podium (flatted unfortunately). However, some slower competitors could not even clear the doubles near the finish line. If there is a very large gap in ability then the slowest riders will always get caught and could cause accidents and ruin the chances of others.
The guy who won the Asian Champs that day, Kazuki Shimizu has qualified 58th for this year's world champs in Lenzerheide. My friend has beaten him once (but on home turf) and I wonder how he would have fared if our national federation had the resources to send him to Switzerland and given him a chance to qualify especially because not all world cup regulars, e.g. Gee, would be there.
On the other hand, I also feel that world champs is a celebration of cycling and that representatives of all nations who came should be at the starting line on race day.
I think it’s rad that Seagrave is pulling a lot closer on a consistent basis.
That season where Atherton literally won everything (usually by big margins) made the racing less interesting, even though it’s cemented her as legend status IMO.
That venue seems perfect. At least what i saw for xc. So many fans lining the course pretty much the entire course, some like 6 people deep, maybe more. And the finishing arena. So good. No way a Vail venue could match that kind of spectator friendly set up. The terrain just doesn't exist. Well done Lenzerheide.