While the cross country mountain bike and road bike race seasons may be winding down, the cyclocross race season is heating up. And, it’s not just heating up in Colorado but across the nation.
According to USA Cycling, cyclocross is the fastest growing field in cycling. Why? For starters, it’s fast, frantic, spectator friendly and plain good fun.
Cyclo-cross – or cross, cyclo-x and CX – is a sport that takes modified road bikes off road in races that typically last for 60 minutes and includes obstacles where you need to dismount and run with the bike over your shoulder. While that may not sound fun to some cyclists, contrary to popular belief, cyclocross racing is actually a ton of fun. It’s also technically challenging and physically demanding. The effort and skill required to compete elevates your overall racing fitness and leads to great improvement when the spring races roll around.
At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we find many are cyclocross curious; whereas others, are full in to the sport. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, cyclocross has something to offer everybody. Here’s a good place to get started.
News and Calendar of races
– 2014-15 Colorado Cyclocross Race Calendar and Professional CX Calendar
– USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar
– Cyclocross News and Race updates
CycloCross 101: Q&A
– How do I learn more about cyclocross? Cyclocross 101
– An Introduction to Cyclocross + 3 Workouts
Learn Basic Cyclocross Skills
– Overcoming obstacles on a cyclocross course
– Cyclocross Training: Mastering the Fundamental Dismount/Remount
– Workouts and Drills to Prepare Yourself for the Cyclocross Season
– How to Plan Your Cyclocross Training Week
Best bike parts for cyclocross
– Cyclocross Bicycle Parts and Cross Bike Components
– What tire tread is best for cyclocross?
Cowbells and Heckling Etiquette
– Cowbell etiquette – How to Play the Cowbell – entertaining video
– An Op-Ed on Heckling in Cyclocross by Daniel Curtin
The bottom line – join some cross races. Keep in mind that you can ride them mainly for fun and general fitness. You don’t have to take it too seriously. And even riding mainly for fun, cross will help you a lot. It improves bike handling and power and builds your cardiovascular system. You’ll be amazed how great you feel and how much more confidence you have on your bike when the race season arrives.
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