Are you familiar with the discipline of Cyclo-cross? Often referred to as ‘cross’, ‘CX’ or ‘cyclo-X’, cyclo-cross is a style of cycling that combines criterium-style riding with uphill running - for the most part. Global Cycling Network do a fine job in explaining exactly what this fun sport entails - check out the video here:
Sounds intriguing? We think so, and here are 3 reasons why you should give it a go. Just make sure you’ve got your Hatchbag boot-liner secured as, one thing is for sure, you’re definitely in for a ruddy ‘muddy’ time.
You can use your cyclo-cross bike for more than just ‘cross’
Unlike road & mountain bikes, your cross bike can be used for multiple uses. Whether it’s commuting to work with your trusty panniers in tow, venturing off-road for a blast around the local trail centres or competing in that local 50k sportive. A cyclo-cross bike fits the bill for pretty much all riding styles.
2) You get to compete against the pros
What other entry level sporting event allows you to compete against the professional heroes? Cyclo-cross races allow amateurs to race against the best athletes the country has to offer.
Whilst this may well mean you get lapped more than you’d like to, you will be able to boast to your friends about racing a National Champ - and that’s pretty awesome!
3) The FUN factor
Cyclo-cross is a racing event which will give you endless amounts of fun from start to finish. With many races to choose from up and down the country, and with your loved ones guaranteed to have just as much fun watching you race as you’re having competing, why not plan ahead to get some races in your cycling calendar?
Check out British Cycling for events and races near you.
If this has whet your appetite, then make sure you arrive at your race with your Hatchbag boot-liner to save those mud stains from ingraining in your beloved boot.