If you are thinking about having fun on your bike but don't fancy racking up miles on the road, then cyclo-cross may be for you. Here you can read more about the sport, and find out about bike setup, clothing, courses and riding techniques. Various results are posted too, going back many years!
Whilst you want to have fun riding cyclo-cross, make sure that you have made preparations. You need to think about your bike, your clothing, your technique and your well-being.
You need to make some checks beforehand about the event, get yourself ready for the racing, and ride a good race.
Warm down, check the result sheet, think how you performed - ready for next time!
If you're working full-time, then it may seem too hard to fit in enough quality training for cyclo-cross. Well, fear not! Matthew Pacocha of BikeRadar.com has put together a useful day-by-day schedule - How to fit cyclo-cross training around a full-time job. Another useful guide, "Sample Cyclo-Cross training" penned by Craig Undem in 2004, provides advice for mid-week training as well as some excellent race tips.
There are a number of UK cyclocross leagues that anyone with a British Cycling license can join. Here is a list, heading roughly from South to North:
If I've missed any out, give me a shout!
For some useful background information from someone that knows, watch this British Cycling video featuring David Fletcher (2008, 2009 UK cyclocross under-23's champ):
Snow is no excuse to stop cycling, that's the bottom line. You might have the wrong tyres or clothing, but with a little bit of preparation you can ride as usual. The only wintry conditions to stop you are extreme cold (-3 degrees C and ... (more)
Wintry conditions greeted the organisers, marshalls, helpers and riders at the final round of the Eastern Cyclocross League. Round 14 took place at King Edward VI School in Bury St. Edmunds, skirting around the edge of playing fields and ... (more)
The penultimate round (#13) of the Eastern Cross league was fabulously sunny - but very windy! The large amounts of tape used for the brand new cyclocross course at the Horse Welfare Centre in Snetterton, creating a lot of work for riders ... (more)
All cyclocross course are the same, right? Wrong! They all have certain basic requirements - fast off-road riding, obstacles, technical sections - but will vary significantly in the delivered product. They will also differ according to ... (more)
Youth Race Dougal Toms (Iceni Velo) got well into his stride on the south Norfolk Broome Heath Scramble cyclocross, putting a full 43 seconds into league leader Matt Clements (Lee Valley YCC). Sophie Wright (Norwich Triathlon & Cycling) ... (more)
Strava's Christmas challenge for 2012 is the Festive 500, and you simply have to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (inclusive). That's almost 311 miles in eight days, or around 40 miles per day. Not a lot, you might be ... (more)
After much pondering, and recommendations from fellow cyclocross racers, I decided to give latex tubes a go in my clincher tyres. You wouldn't expect that an inner tube could make much difference, but the opinion is that latex gives a much ... (more)
A rainy week guaranteed muddy conditions for the Eastern League Cyclocross Round 11 at Redgrave (near Diss) in Suffolk. Earlier riders had less muck to contend with, but by the last race the rain had started and parts of the course were becoming ... (more)
A clear blue sky and gentle breeze greeted the riders this Sunday, and a chilly start soon gave way to almost pleasant conditions. There had been very little rain recently, so the riding line was quite firm and well defined. A straight road ... (more)
A lot of rain in the days leading up to the race meant that the cyclocross course rapidly turned into a quagmire, with lots of sections made almost un-rideable by thick mud mixed up with tough grass. This gunky combo stuck to the brakes, ... (more)
A lot of rain during the week had made conditions very slippery and muddy in the Furze Hill woods at Mistley, Essex. The mud didn't tend to 'stick' much, but there were lots of grip issues both on the descents and on the numerous climbs. ... (more)
The sixth round of the Eastern Region cyclocross league took place at Hillyfields, on the west side of Colchester in Essex. The ground was firm, but muddy in places, and the numerous technical sections caused problems for the less experience ... (more)
A blustery wind on large sections of soft grass made this cyclocross course at Baldock a bit of a slog in places, and strategy was required to shelter on opponents' wheels. Vet 45+/Vet 50+/Women Race Youth Race A fast-paced ... (more)
A lengthy write-up and pictures appear in the EADT (dated 22 September 2012). Fergus Muir penned the article, and the two smaller photos were taken by none other than budding pro-photographer Dan Swindells (aged 12). If Dan's cycling career ... (more)
There was a large turn-out in Springfield Hall Park (Chelmsford) for all of the races in round 2 of the Eastern Cyclo-cross League. A twisting, technical course and three sections of steps tested bike handling skills to the limit, and even ... (more)
There was a healthy turn-out of riders for the first round of the Eastern Cyclocross League, the Essex Roads Cross at Gloucester Park in Basildon. Conditions were sweltering, for competitors and for spectators, with as much jostling for shade ... (more)