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:
- Cyclocross promotes silky smooth pedaling
- Cyclocross develops your strength and power
- Cyclocross improves your bike handling skills
- Cyclocross teaches you race techniques
- 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:
- Schoolyard Cross
- Shimano CX Series: Boulder Res
- Feedback Cup
- Shimano CX Series: Sienna Lake
- Cross of the North
- 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:
- Cyclocross Newbies – Tips to Prep for Your First Cyclocross Race
- What You Need to Know to Prep for Cyclocross Season
- How to Plan Your Cyclocross Training Week
- Drinking During a Cyclocross Race? It’s Not What You Think!
- Cyclocross Secrets to Surviving the Mud and Obstacles
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!