The Super Fans of the cyclocross world are the pits. I mean that in the most admirable way. The pit crews at events like last weekends UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, KY are a dynamic mix of personalities and skill sets but two things are constant; one, your crew is 100% there for you and two, you will enter filthy and heavy and leave clean and light.
As I flipped through the photos I took last weekend I saw a lot of muddy national champions on run ups. The same photos we see all over the front pages and Instagram, and yes those are the athletes and the focus of the day. But, I noticed the anticipation and focus of the pit crews too and wanted to take a minute to recognize the unsung heroes of ‘cross without whom every national champ on the course would be carrying a heavy, mud covered bike with a jammed or sheered rear derailure over the finish line. Thank you!