It’s easy to lose focus in the cold dark winter months, trying to drag yourself out when it’s wet and windy can be a big challenge for anyone! As we’ve touched on in previous posts though, a good summer starts with a good winter. In steps the cross bike, N+1 and all that……
A cross bike can be many things to many people – A winter bike, commuter, tourer, gravel bike, tough road bike, which make it very appealing to a wide range of users but lets not forget it’s designed for racing cross!
Cross can be a great way of getting your first taste of racing, regional races are still relaxed and relatively informal and welcome all abilities. As it has grown in popularity no matter your level you’ll be able to have a good tussle with someone.
It does get muddy and there can be a small amount of running involved but if you can manage to get a drop bar bike around a soggy field it will certainly improve your riding skills when out on the road!
Most important of all it gives you a goal, a short term reason to go out and train. It’s November, you’ve got a race in two weeks time no matter the weather you need to get a ride in to prepare. If the weather really is bad get the turbo trainer out, an instrument of torture we covered in a previous blog post and a great way to prepare for the intensity of a cross race!
Keep it clean! As with any bike there may be a big clean up operation when you get home from a muddy event. You may not want to do it when you get home but try to get it done that day so nothing goes rusty and ‘orrible!
Racing still goes on in summer too with evening races and more and more events appearing on a Sunday. Look out for more mixed terrain events too. Hell of The North Cotswolds being the most established event in the local area, the format is being used more and more with events ranging in length from 50 – 100 miles!
Check out British Cycling for more event details here:
And more details of the Western Cross league on their facebook page here: