You’ve probably seen the hashtags all up and down your social media feeds. Yes,
‘cross is coming, and yes you should ride. Here at Bicycle Sport, we’ve been gearing
up our own bikes as well as plenty of your bikes in advance of the coming season. But
If you’re on the fence about this whole cyclocross thing, here are five good – no, make
that GREAT reasons to ride ‘cross!
Cyclocross improves your bike handling skills
This one should be pretty obvious. Wrangling skinny tires on dirt, gravel and grass at
best can be tricky. For maximum enjoyment, just add water. Lather, rinse, repeat, and
you’ll soon navigate with aplomb the most sketch of South Carolina chip-and-seal
pavement or squirreliest group ride.
You’ve gone long all summer, go hard for fall and winter
Ramp up your training, and your max V02 with higher intensity training and racing for
cyclocross. Consider the summer’s longer rides as a great base upon which you can
build your fall and winter fitness! Sure, going full-gas for 45 minutes will leave you
gasping for air, but you’ve wanted to add intervals to your workouts anyway. You’re
‘Cross is spectator friendly
Bring the WAG’s, kids, boyfriend, dog, or other hangers-on out to the course.
Cyclocross offers the rare opportunity for your fans, family or whomever to actually see
you in the throes of competition, a fight for survival, or a straight-up, mud-caked
joyride in the elements. Heckling is encouraged, so choose your running mates wisely.
And don’t forget your cowbell.
We don’t really have to sell this one, do we?
You’ve been looking for a reason to get a new bike
Most events will allow you to ride a mountain bike, minus any bar ends. But like any
niche, there’s a tool cut out for the job. Tire choice, disc brakes or cantilever, gearing –
or not – all play a factor in how you’ll fare on race day. But a versatile cyclocross bike
also makes a great winter weather or rainy day bike, an excellent commuter or
Pop into the shop to ask the Bicycle Sport gang about their plans for ‘cross season,
and how you can get in on the fun. We’re getting together for weekly training rides, and
you’re welcome to come along!