Cyclo Cross Racing
Cross is a very different animal from XC racing.
Races are 1 hr long but flat out the whole time, courses are short at around 6 mins a lap. Some races have a pit where you are allowed to change bikes, wheels and for mechanical assistance, some don’t in which case you can change wherever you like. Bottles are NOT allowed to be handed up, you can take one with you but none to be passed up during the race as it can cause accidents in the pits (this rule gets eased if it’s hot though sometimes)
Course is usually open for practice inbetween races and it’s usual/recommended to do at least one practice lap to get to grips with the course/find lines/set up equipment.
Cross is more like a road crit sometimes if it’s dry but it’s a great, cheap way into competetive bike racing, you can use any bike you like (other than in UCI ranked races) enter on the day (around £10) and it’s usually a very friendly atmosphere. check out the British cycling website for most of the info you need.Posted 8 years agonoseminebMember
Hi, Yes some of the larger races have pit zones where you can fix or even swap bikes and the fast guys even have helpers to clean and fix bikes for the next lap within these zones. Smaller races are the same but but seem to be less strict so you could swap a bike or get a drink almost antwhere on the course.Posted 8 years ago
Give it a go and find out for yourself.
Also have wooden barriers in sections which have to be dismounted for. Theres a whole technique in that which is not as difficult as it looks – just needs practise! I did a few races last season having never raced in my life – I loved it! Relaxed atmosphere and hard work. SW Series even had races for kids so my girls had a go. Recommended.Posted 8 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
A few of us off here staged a 2 hour CX/MTB race (HtN 1.5) on a 3 ½ mile track (20 mins for the quick guys) in February and it went down a storm. It was organised in conjunction with British Cycling’s “Everyday Cycling” scheme which basically allows you to do anything (within reason) but it doesn’t count towards any rankings. We’re doing it again next February with the mother of all CX/MTB cross over events in July 2010 on a 5 or 6 mile track for 8-10 hours for solo, pairs or teams.
Quite a few blog entries from Alans Bikes, Cross Junky and others. Google for more info.Posted 8 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
…but you can do it as part of a team. One lap on, 3 laps off.
It won’t be a standard cross race, but the last was wasn’t either and that sold out. It’ll be a race for any sort of bike where some sections will suit cross bikes and some MTB. We actually staged the last race partly as a result of some moaning becasue we wouldn’t allow CX bikes in the first one.Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Catergories are usually just “Open” and “Elite” plus age cats of U14, U16, U18. There’s always a U12 race too which is free (it’s in the rules that every CX must have the kids races with U12s free) so it’s great for the family. Simple, cheap (about £10) and as mentioned it is flat out. If you can breathe, you’re not trying hard enough! 😉Posted 8 years ago
That said it’s great fun, really sociable and best of all the races last an hour or so, you have a brew and bacon sarnie afterwards then head home leaving you the rest of the day to recover/do the normal weekend tasks etc.
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