Cyclocross is just starting to take of in Australia, but in Europe, it is massive. I made mention of it on Monday after watching the Worlds via an internet feed. There was a lone Aussie amongst the riders competing. Lewis Rattray, who was interviewed on www.cyclingtips.com.au, was out there representing his country, and found a special place in the heart of the fans. Check out this video of him doing some practise runs over the dunes and getting the crowds revved up, including a slow hand clap.
He seems like a terrific personality and is great for the local CX scene. Keep an eye on his blog at http://ratracingcx.blogspot.com.au/