Very comprehensive write-up from the CXMag UK team here

So I’m on the start line with 650 cyclo cross riders. Yes it’s a MASS start. Off we go, I’ve been warned that the first road section is fast, as all the riders are trying to get to the first pinch point like, you know, first. Just like a regular ‘cross, only with 650 of ’em! Crashes are also a hazard here, and we had some, but the squeal of canti brakes was ample warning to avoid these from mid pack where I was. I offered to pull team mate Joanna along but she soon got bored of that and let fly on up the road. Next time I would see her would be on the last descent after an unplanned over the handlebars incident.

Read it in full; here on the Cyclocross Magazine Racing Team Blog 3 is the magic number