Prepare for a Great Cyclocross Season with These Tips 

October 19, 2017

Cyclocross Bikes at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop / BikeParts.com

Cross season begins in the early fall and runs through the end of December. You know, the time of year that those of us who live in places that get real, bona fide winters want to hang up our bikes and hibernate under down blankets. But In Colorado, we don’t do that because it’s cross season and cross is worth going out in the cold for!  

Fortunately, the cooler temps and bad weather has escaped us so far; however soon on the horizon, cyclocross racers will be greeted with mud, cold, and nastier racing conditions.  Makes for more fun, right?  Absolutely! So how do you make the most of cross season? 

First, make a decision  to race!  There are lots of reasons to race cyclocross – including: 

  1. Cyclocross promotes silky smooth pedaling 
  2. Cyclocross develops your strength and power 
  3. Cyclocross improves your bike handling skills 
  4. Cyclocross teaches you race techniques
  5. Cyclocross reduces off-season weight gain 

Yet, most who have raced cyclocross, know the primary reason to do it is because it’s fun! Pick one or two of the upcoming cyclocross races along the Front Range: 

  1. Schoolyard Cross
  2. Shimano CX Series: Boulder Res
  3. Feedback Cup
  4. Shimano CX Series: Sienna Lake
  5. Cross of the North
  6. Shimano CX Series: Salisbury

Now, plan some time to develop your cross skills.  Whether you are new to cyclocross or an avid racer, there’s always something new to learn.  With that in mind, you’ll enjoy all the resources we have at Peak Cycles and BikeParts.com:

Finally, what do you bring to a cyclocross race?  Our post, Race Prep: What to Bring to a Cyclocross Race, dials this in for you so you won’t show up unprepared.  

Now that you are motivated, skilled, and have your gear bag ready, it’s time to race cross.  If you are new to cyclocross, check out our cyclocross bikes online at bikeparts.com.  Dial in the best bike parts and tire choice.  Finally, don’t forget to register for an upcoming cross race!

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Cross Racing in Colorado 2013

September 12, 2013

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 fun!  It is accessible with a ton of races, and it is by far, the ultimate specter sport.

Across the Front Range and the entire state of Colorado, there are a variety of cyclocross races to test your fitness and take your cycling to another level.  You might be wondering what bike parts you might need for this particular style of racing.  Due to the nature of these events, you can show up on practically any bike (cyclocross, mountain bike, hybrid, road bike).  Yet, because of the variety of terrain, obstacles, weather conditions and short course and race duration, you can expect to replace cycling accessories and bike parts on a more frequent basis.  No worries!  We’ve got you covered! A little planning goes a long way. First, set your goals on the races you’d like to do.

In our own backyard of Golden, Colorado, we have the Back to Basics Cyclocross Series.  Weekly practices on Wednesdays, September12 – October 17, take place at the Lookout Mountain Youth Center and cost $15 each, or $65 for the six-race series. Choose to enter one of four loosely defined categories based on your gender, how hard you want to race, and whether you’re planning to ride a singlespeed or not.

In other areas of Colorado, there are other cyclocross races to plan:

  • Boulder Cyclocross Series – September 16, 22, October 20, November 17, December 8
  • Frisco Cross September 29 • Fricso
  • Monarch High Cyclocross October 7 • Louisville
  • The New Belgium CUP October 13-14 • Fort Collins
  • Boulder Cup October 28 • Boulder
  • Cross of the North December 15-16 • Loveland
  • Colorado Cross Cup Challenge presented by BRAC.

So what’s stopping you?   Plan your cyclocross season now, order your bike parts at bikeparts.com and grab your cow bell!  See you at the races!