Ever wondered what's the appeal of cyclocross?

Discussion in 'Cyclocross (CX), Duathlon and Triathlon' started by smutchin, 7 Aug 2019.

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  1. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    I'd sooner see em trying to go up it.
     
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  3. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

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    Ride that no problem! Having done a couple of CX races I can vouch for the poor bike handling skills of many of the riders. It would seem many do not ride off-road apart from at the race itself.

    Of course, I could just end up sliding down gracelessly with the rest of them....
     
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  4. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Sorry, I just don't get it.

    I do go and watch my mates daughter compete, which is fun but they aren't sliding down in mud like hippos.

    I also wonder how they keep their rear mech on the bike? :wacko:
     
  5. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

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    Sometimes they don't.

    A good cross course can be a right laugh though. More should try it.
     
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  6. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    More a spectator sport for me I reckon. I was at the British Cycling Let's Ride in Glasgow on Sunday and some geezers were trying to convince me to give cycling speedway a go. There was a bit of a needle match between Glasgow and Edinburgh that did look like good fun.
     
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  7. Threevok

    Threevok President of the Not From Brazil party

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    Eating soup with a fork :whistle:
     
  8. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    I don’t either. It should be mountain bike riding off road or road bikes on road. Growing sport though, massive in places like Belgium.
     
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  9. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I raced cross on and off for over 30 loved it.
     
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  10. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

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  11. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

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    Did a couple of races when I was 21. I thought I was quite fit...........I wasn't.
     
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  12. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I was racing cross long before mountain bikes were invented.
     
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    smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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    My cross bike is a singlespeed.
     
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    smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

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    There are some brilliant vintage CX videos on YouTube to prove that there's nothing new about the sport - and in fact, they also show how very little has changed over the years...

    View: https://youtu.be/H9_Fs1QtsOY
     
  15. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    No river crossing nowadays, I remember one at Enfield that was quite deep and the surrounding area was covered in snow.
     
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