Cyclo-cross is fast, muddy, knackering and great fun! It’s a cycling based sport which takes place during the autumn and winter months. A typical cyclo-cross race tends to last around 60 minutes making it a great way to improve physical fitness whilst having fun. A race consists of numerous laps around a course until the set time for the race is reached and a bell is rung to inform the competitors that it is the last lap.
What makes cyclo-cross different is that it involves cycling off road on various types of terrain (tarmac, sand, mud, grass, gravel, dirt). As well as the varied terrain, at different stages of a race there are obstacles such as wooden hurdles, steps or steep hills which require the competitor to dismount their bike and carry it over their shoulder. The inclusion of the different obstacles and terrains means that no two tracks are the same. It also means that despite having to complete numerous laps the competitors don’t get bored as they have to maintain concentration and adapt to the different parts of the course.
Cyclo-cross is very accessible for people of all ages as there are regular races for various age group categories ranging from under 12 to over 50. There is also the opportunity for competitors of all ability levels to take part as there are local races which take place in public parks as well as worldwide events which involve riders of all nationalities.
To find out more about what equipment is required and how you can get involved go to the British Cycling website:
Also check out Cyclo-cross team, Jedi Cycle Sport who are based in Crosshills (North Yorkshire) and are one of our partners: