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Update: The KCCX cyclocross fight video is now online.
It’s been almost a week since the USA Cycling 2008 Cyclocross National Championships in Kansas City, and the video pickings are still slimmer than Paris Hilton after a week-long Ex-Lax binge. I have managed to cull out a few interesting clips, which are posted below, but I’m still waiting for the good stuff. DH Productions produced a great video last year, the Eight-Ball Diaries, but I’m afraid they only do that if Tim Johnson wins, and he finished 5th this year. Surely someone is going to put together a good overview of the elite race, with high production value and a decent soundtrack. Let me know if you see one before I do.
The video everyone is really waiting for however, isn’t of the race at all. It’s of the dust-up/scuffle/brawl/donnybrook between Jonathan Page’s brother-in-law and Cale “I am not a Page Hater” McAninch, who was apparently, in fact, loudly hating on Page during a post race interview. A shoving match ensued, Page’s sister also got in on the action, and the Richard Sachs Team’s bikes were trampled, leading to threats of legal action from Sachs himself.
The good news is that the whole incident was apparently captured on video by Sam Smith of Cyclofile, who promised to post the video by Thursday or Friday. I’m not sure what the holdup is, but if it’s because he’s having trouble choosing a soundtrack for the fight, I suggest he try New Noise by Refused, from their landmark album The Shape of Punk to Come. This song doesn’t really have anything to do with this specific situation, but I think it goes really well with any kind of fighting. Also, my brother-in-law is a professional mixed martial arts fighter (eat your heart out Jonathan Page), and I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get him to use this song when he enters the ring, but he won’t go for it, so I guess I’ve just gotten used to pushing it on people.
Of course, it’s also possible the delay doesn’t have anything to do with music selection. Maybe Smith is trying to do a pay-per-view deal. I don’t know if he’ll have much luck with that route, but it does seem like something that Versus might have an interest in. If it just had a Ted Nugent angle it would be a slam dunk.
Whatever’s holding up the good videos of the race and ensuing fight, I have found a couple of OK clips from last weekend that should tide you over until the better stuff comes out.
First is this compilation of a couple of different men’s races, including the elite men. It doesn’t show any finishes, or attempt to show how the races played out, but it does have some nice action.
Then there is this interesting video of the staging for the elite men’s race, which does a great job of giving a feel for how cold it was that day.