Darrin and I also talked to a bike mechanic who works at a place just 20km away were we've had our bikes in and wrench on. We were chit-chatting back and forth and joking about this and that and asking him how things are. He was there with his two brothers and some nephews. The boys were about 3. Anyway he told the boy's parents, and them, that as fun as this sport is, it costs a tonne of $$$$, and you are going to get hurt. He wasn't exaggerating.
I couldn't help but think talent is one thing among the brother and sisterhood of this sport, but you first have to start with gear and travel and equipment that is priced above the means of most. And I get it, you can have fun on a used dirt bike that isn't all tricked out and such, and you can get your feet wet into this sport with a good attitude and friendly people surrounding you, but then something happens. It happens in track, and tennis, and hockey, figure skating, gymnastics and equestrian riding; there is this swing. A swing that doesn't seem to go back to where it came from. A swing that stays in a direction of higher costs, further travel, more expensive coaches and equipment. It isn't unique to one sport. It happens.