If you’ve had a long season on the road and are ready for something new, why not give cyclocross or CX a go. When the weather turns and you don’t want to get your racing bike wet or dirty CX is a fantastic alternative. Cyclocross bikes are very similar to road bikes but with more powerful brakes, easier gears for riding off-road and more clearance between the frame and tyres. Build your strength, aerobic and anaerobic endurance and give your bike handling skills a boost. Learning how to perform a running dismount and remount for hurdles in a CX race will see you running past people in your triathlon transtions and gaining vital seconds.
You can pick up a used hand bike for around £500 with disc brakes or new from £800.
Not sure what Cyclocross is all about?
“Skinny tyres, mud, short, sharp off-road races, with hurdles, obstacles and intense action. That’s cyclo-cross, a form of off-road racing that predates mountain biking by decades.”
If you’re based in West London there’s some great coaching and training sessions run every Thursday evening between October and December each year. British Cycling Development Coach Mac has a real passion for the sport and is happy to coach you, whatever level you’re at.
If you’d like to know more please get in touch.