I attended my first MTB pro race on Sat and Sun and I was HUGELY impressed! All the team vehicles were in an area open to the public. I saw pros walking casually through the crowds (Gracia, Lopes, Peat, Minnaar, Giove, Chausson etc). They're also really approachable and friendly. I saw Chausson warming up at the start so I took a photo - when she saw me lining up the shot she looked up and smiled at the camera - I said good luck and we chatted for a few minutes. Really cool! Road racing could learn a lot from MTB races - the road pros are hidden away behind security and you're lucky if you get a glimpse of anyone. I recommend MTB races highly - even if you're a roadie like me!