With the end of the road racing season upon us, fans of bike racing in Europe and North America now turn to cyclocross to get their fix. So what if it's raining, cold and muddy -- so much the better for cyclocross.
What is cyclocross, you ask? In cyclocross, riders race laps around a short course that usually features some pavement, some dirt, some woods, some steep hills and for good measure, some obstacles thrown in (things like creeks and fallen trees combined with man-made barriers like bales of straw and low fences) that require riders to dismount, work their way through and then get back on and ride some more.
It's crazy fun, and a blast just to come out and watch. If you aren't familiar with cyclocross, you really ought to check out a race. Whether you're competing or there as a spectator, it's a good time -- and a good way to keep the bike fun going even after most other folks have put their bike away.
- What is Cyclocross?
- Review of the Major Jake, Kona's cyclocross bike
- Cyclocross pushes riders to the limit
- Trainer's Tips: demonstration on dismounting/remounting when encountering obstacles