Almost every weekend over the winter, cyclocross races are being run all over the country. Getting involved in cyclocross is a great way of keeping up your fitness, improving your biking skills, and meeting like-minded cyclists. With over 50 women racing some of the early races in the season, cyclocross is growing from strength to strength.
What do I need?
In most races, you don’t need a cyclocross bike, and you can try out racing this exciting sport using a mountain bike. Find a race on the calendar, sign up online, and turn up with your bike and helmet on the day.
How long are races?
The races are usually around 30 minutes to an hour long, but the racing for other categories can go on until the afternoon. Stick around after your race to drink coffee, chat with racers and spectators, and watch the other racers.
How are the races run?
Cyclocross races are mass start races. All riders start at the same time, and riders are sometimes gridded according to their ability. This means that more experienced racers start at the front of the pack. Most races are run over a number of laps in grassy parks with some low barriers to jump over and fun forest sections.
Where can I race?
Take a look at the Cyclocross race calendar here and sign up for a race this winter.
More information about cyclocross racing around the country: