Thursday, October 25, 2012

Camp Cross

camp/kamp/adjective [origin unknown]. Ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical.
camp/kamp/verb. Do or behave in a camp manner.
Lest anybody remain confused, last year's relocation of RRR's Halloween-themed race from Harbourview to Camp Assiniboia is far more appropriate than it might seem at first blush. Camp is not just a place where one might bed down for the night. It is also an aesthetic, a style. So camp it up, boys and girls. This is not supposed to be like other cx races.

You could do worse than to let Susan Sontag, the so-called "Dark Lady of American Letters," be your guide. "The whole point of Camp," she says, "is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex relation to the serious. One can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious."

Cyclocross racing is already almost too much fun. So it is hard to imagine how much more fun this weekend is going to be.

Details, if you need them, can be found here.

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