Tuesday, October 02, 2007

What the heck is cyclocross?

A question from a loyal reader deserves an answer. Unfortunately, I have only limited knowledge on this subject. Here is what I do know:

  • If you wear your HRM, you will learn what your 1 hour threshold is.
  • You must be able to run.
  • You really must be able to bike.
  • Think road bike with knobby tires.
  • Think mud.
  • Think about a 1-2 mile loop with 3-6 opportunities to practice your bike/run/bike transitions on each loop.
  • You're probably racing against good mountain bikers or roadies that had a bad season and want to take it out on the race course. If you don't think this is true, look at their faces.
  • If they didn't have bad seasons.. Well, they are there too.
  • It's all in good clean (usually muddy) fun.
And, since I can't be much help. Here are other resources.

Well that video link didn't work too well on format.. So please go check out Velonews TV and click on "How To" for the CX "How to's".

Then once you learn the technique.. It might look more like this on race day...

At least go watch one!

For the CXers listening.. What's the smallest single speed gear I have a chance at keeping up with anyone in cat4? More gears isn't likely in the budget this year.

1 comment:

Triteacher said...

Thank you. I'm getting the picture. You ARE nuts!