Damn! there's a cyclo-cross league in my region now, and some of the events are pretty close. I'm 40. the only racing I've ever done are a few TTs in the last couple years. My bike handling is frankly shoot, it's surprising I haven't fallen off at the turn yet (I have managed to weave into the verge on starting however). A 'cross bike would have multiple uses and is clearly quite justifiable. Anyone do it? I reckon I'm too slow and crap for road racing, cross might be a way to try something a bit more exciting than a time trial.