Cyclo-Cross (often abbreviated to “Cross”) is generally an autumn and winter sport. Massed starts make for exciting races, usually no more than an hour in length and shorter for juniors, women and veterans.
There are races for younger riders in the North West league, these are very well attended. The Cyclo-Cross league in the North West region is strong and lively with a number of national level riders coming from the North West.
Cyclocross is mainly a racing discipline of cycling, fast and off road with specialist machines. We are starting to see Cyclocross Sportif events in addition to race events.
Your First Race:
Cyclocross is one of the best places for youngsters to have a go at racing a bike. Good atmosphere, plenty of mud, soft landings, good competition, and you can use just about any bike.
Lapping it Up!
Cyclo-Cross races are usually multi lap events, held on short (typically less than a mile and often less than half a mile), grassy courses, generally in public parks or on school playing fields.
Less technically demanding than Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross often requires riders to dismount to clear artificial obstacles, often wooden boards.
The ability to swap smoothly and quickly from riding to running and back to riding in one fluid motion is a key skill for advanced riders.
The short lap lengths mean that better riders often lap some of the slower competitors, but that’s not the end of the race you can still submerge yourself in the action, enjoy your own private battles and forget whether you are first or a hundred and that’s the beauty of the sport: it’s what you make of it that counts.
Cyclo-Cross machines look very similar to road bikes, with dropped handlebars and tyres with a knobbled-tread for grip, powerful brakes, low gears and better frame clearances to prevent clogging with mud, all of which adds up to make them easy to handle on the rough.
National and International:
Cyclocross has a healthy international race series, and national UK series, and Championship events.
It is not an Olympic event, yet.
Paul Oldham (Hope Technology Team) is one of the top cyclocross riders in the UK, has won the Trophy Series and been National Champion.
A number of CSP riders young and old take part in the National Trophy Series and Championships. Martin Woffindin has won the NWCCA U23 trophy for 4 years from 2010 to 2014.