We cyclists tend to have our tried and tested preferred discipline. Whether you’re a roadie, MTBer, or commuter, there’s a style you default to on two wheels.
Except for having two wheels, varying cycling disciplines couldn’t be more different. From the bikes, to the kit, to the demographic and to the skills required.
Each cycling type has its benefits for the body, and many of the skills required for one are transferable to another. Professional athletes often mix up their training schedules with other disciplines to work different muscle groups and fitness levels. For example, professional downhill racer, Tahnée Seagrave is often seen riding her road bike to improve her stamina and cardio which she can put to go use on the trails, and former Downhill World Champ has been seen competing in cyclocross to keep her fitness sharp.
If it works for the pros, no doubt a little dabbling could be good for the rest of us. So what else is out there for you to try and hone your skills on?