Oct 14, 2021 - Sports
In photos: Cyclo-cross World Cup in Fayetteville
Determined woman racing a bike in the rain.
Raylyn Nuss of USA at the begining of the elite women's race. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Worth here with a few thoughts and pics from yesterday's World Cup Cyclo-cross held in Fayetteville.

My thought bubble: This may be the most underrated sport in the U.S.

  • Yes, it rained. And yes, it was muddy, and yes even a little cold at the end.

But this is a good, fun time for all ages. There's drama, showmanship, fierce athletic grit, and my oh my, can these women and men ride bikes.

  • There's a level of camaraderie among those watching I haven't seen in another sport. It was probably the mud.
  • As I heard one spectator shout at the end of the last race: "We should do this every Wednesday!"

The bottom line: Start planning now to attend the 2022 Union Cycliste Internationale World Championship held in Fayetteville Jan. 28–30.

Photo of a muddy woman riding a bike.
Aniek Van Alphen of the Netherlands. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
Photo of a muddy man coming down a hill on a bike.
Gage Hecht of the USA. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
Photo of a muddy woman climbing a hill on a bike.
Elite women cyclists charge up a 17.8% grade. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
Photo of three muddy men getting on bikes.
Riders have to remount their bikes after carrying them up 38 steps. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
Muddy man carrying a bike up a set of stairs in the rain.
Brody Sanderson of Canada. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios
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