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What is cyclocross?

What is cyclocross?

Cyclocross mixes multiple athletic endeavours, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skillful bike handling Many consider cyclocross to be a steeplechase with modified road bikes on a 2km course over hill and dale; others consider it muddy hell. Its roots can be traced to the early 1900s, when French army private Daniel Gousseau would ride his bicycle along horseback-riding friends through the woods.

The cyclocross scene is strong in Europe, with some of the most aggressive and successful racers hailing from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. But it’s currently enjoying a massive boom in the US and Australia, along with a renaissance in the UK.

Traditionally, the cyclocross season runs from September to January, ending with the UCI World Championships .

Here’s BikeRadar ‘s video guide to getting into cyclocross: Video: How to get into cyclocross Racing

Like triathlon, cyclocross mixes multiple athletic endeavours, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skillful bike handling. The pace, barriers, climate and technical aspects of the course weed out the weak and make for good theatre. Spectators with horns and cowbells provide a festival environment, especially in Europe.

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