Racing a bike around a muddy field during winter is fun. If you do not believe us ask yourself why there are so many cyclocross bikes available now. Cyclocross is huge.
The other reason for the popularity of cyclocross bikes is that you can use them for many different tasks. You can kit them up for touring, you can use them for commuting, and you can go and do some off-road riding on them. As such cyclocross bikes are here to stay and we will happily raise a glass of Belgian blonde beer to them.