- CX racers – How do you like your courses?
Ok Pete I’ll come clean! Going for putting on a cx endurance event in early October. We have a fantastic venue and can stretch the course as it’s not trad cx. I have a whole private valley with woods loaded with singletrack, gravel roads, pasture, climbs, hairy descents, full gas flats and an old airfield at the top for all the other stuff like food and beer. It’s come about quite by serendipity. My friend who is a pro roadie with NFTO owns the land and I work for Pat Adams on Mayhem and he’s lending support. I also work for the bespoked show so a makers team could be in. Between us we can rustle up some prizes. A good fun (but tough riding) day out before league racing starts.Posted 3 years ago
Everyone riding together and a bit of a evening after. 15 mins from Bath junction on the M4.
Anyone interested?Roter SternMember
I hate courses that go over freshly ploughed fields when it’s raining heavily like the last one I did in December where the mud was so claggy that it stuck around the bottom bracket area resulting in this………..
I wasn’t the only one abandoning the race with a F***d bike either! 👿Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
Don’t like claggy mud as I have one bike and no pit crew – it also eats mechs and hangers (as above) and gets expensive.
What I like is long, draggy, sloppy climbs into the wind because I am a strong climber and can normally drop people on the ups. Dismounts and technical bits are good too so it isn’t a crit race on grass. I also like stuff that is only just ride able so you have to judge whether it would be quicker to ride or run better still if these can change throughout the race.Posted 3 years ago
No not that place! Although I am involved there atm. Pat is partly to blame as he’s been encouraging me to do it! Great person to have as a mentor. This is looking like a team/pair/solo event 4 or 6 daylight hours, longer course (10/12k), bits verging on tough xc but all the bits that are advantageous to cx! Plus a bit of a party(my gran is from Flanders so any cycling must have a party).Posted 3 years agooldgitMember
Like all traditional cross features. Dislike anything that would be better tackled on a mountain bike.Posted 3 years ago
I like the idea of a endurance cross race, but not one held on a course more suited to mountainbikes.
Don’t see the point of making cyclocross like XC racing, otherwise what’s the point of Xc racing?
A physically grueling Cx race sounds ‘fun’maximusmountainMember
I would be so game for an endurance CX, like the three peaks but with less hike a bike would be perfect, and less steps for me to get rattled apart down.
I love a huge variety of surfaces, makes for interesting riding when you are going grass>tarmac in the wet, makes it lovely and sketchy!Posted 3 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
Hate mud, hate carrying the bike, if it’s cycling then you should be cycling, hate long draggy climbs, I’m no good at them.
Love flowy single track, open bits so the quick racers can pass the slow fat blokes like me. Really, I like mild XC on a cross bike. So not really CX then. 😕Posted 3 years agobenjiSubscriber
Bit of everything, every course should be different, different bits favour different people, I’m a reasonable climber but not so good on the technical bits, would hate to see all the technical bits ripped out, as they are enjoyable. Couple of standout courses Tong in Yorkshire, Kenilworth Boxing Day, Ripley Castle, Otley for Yorkshire summer series, and Todmorden as it’s again totally different feel to anywhere else. Variety is great, the sport is vastly sanitized to what was raced in the late 80’s and 90’s when I started.Posted 3 years agoqwertyMember
Your course venue sounds good, with plenty of variety so don’t hold back on the technical man made CX features that’ll make it CX. If it were me I’d add a proper bastid CX feature every km, pre sand pit water sprinkler, water crossing, mud bog, up steps, 18″ boards, hairpin on uphill off camber singletrack, plenty of time for riding on a course so make em get off as well. With no disrespect intended, NOT, like the Stroud CX race around Stratford Pk. Oh, and I’d put the 18″ boards for riding / running in the centre of the beer tent selling Stroud Brewery ales supplied by Greg, with Velo Pizza knocking out organic nosh as well.Posted 3 years ago
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