So the 2013 edition of Dirty Duo went off last weekend. I'm sure it was again run by a terrific crew of vollies and it kept things low on hassle and high on thrills. But get this - average age for the bike-only was…37, and only 1 rider was under 30.
In population ecology, they call that recruitment failure (ie we're missing GenY). This isn't a refection on Dirty Duo atall, but symptomatic of a bigger issue. Same is seen in mainland cx series where the 20-somethings are few [HTML_REMOVED] far between.
Is this happening in the Fraser Valley races? How about Island Cup? In the case of Dirty Duo, they're close to a major population centre and one of the world's most famous trail networks, the event is cheap and run really well. No UCI licence needed.
So where's Gen Y? How goes it bike shop owners - sell any bikes to a 20-something lately?