Combine mountain biking and road cycling, sprinkle in a bit of running, and garnish with mud, rain, and a dash of snow and you get cyclocross. Action packed and spectator friendly, it could quite possibly be the most fun you'll have on two wheels.
Looking to continue your riding into the winter and not afraid to get a little dirty? Here's why running with your bike through the mud can be fun.
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Instead of a winter relegated to the indoor trainer, some cyclists are turning to cyclocross to keep their fitness up--and having fun while their at it.
Looking to do some cyclocross racing? Whether you're just training through or looking to put up some solid results, we've got your training routine covered.
A cyclocross bike is an exercise in versatility, combining elements of mountain bikes and road bikes. But for those who put in the effort, the 'cross experience is unlike any other in sport.
It's dirty, fast and one of the most spectator-friendly events in cycling. Find out more about this fast-growing, two-wheeled winter sport.
There are numerous reasons for getting off your bike during a cyclocross race--obstacles, hills, mud--but it's not as easy as it sounds. Here's a step-by-step guide to mastering the dismount and remount.
Riding through mud, snow, grass and rain requires good brakes. Add in frequent cornering and obstacles, and it pays know what's behind your stopping power.
Dirt Rag gets the scoop on the muddy, cold-weather side of cycling from Pete Webber of the International Mountain Biking Association.
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If you're just getting into cyclocross chances are you don't have a 'cross bike. These few simple modifications to your road or mountain bike can carry you through.
You don't need a special bike to compete in a cyclocross event. Beginners can hop on their mountain bikes, though more experienced cyclocross riders benefit from more sophisticated machines.
Cyclo-cross, which has riders dismounting their bikes to hurdle various obstacles, is an increasingly popular sport that will put both your aerobic endurance and bike-handling skills to the test.
When the road season ends, enter cyclocross as a great offseason training program for cyclists and multisport athletes. Learn how to increase your strength, power and bike-handling abilities in the mud or snow.