If you're looking to get your wheels stuck into something a little different, then how about a day of cyclocross in the heart of Newcastle this summer?
Cyclocross is typically a winter cycle sport where a lot of professionals who race in the summer will maintain their training in this muddy and exhilarating lap event. If you're wondering what exactly cyclocross is, worry not because we have a guide to get you off to a flying start here.
Cyclocross bridges the gap between mountain biking and road cycling. With a road bike, and some knobbly off-road tyres, your job is to complete the course as quickly as possible, or in some cases, complete as many laps in an allocated period of time.
This August bank holiday, Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle will play host to an urban cyclocross event to welcome everyone from beginners and families, to seasoned racers.
The format of the racing is short and exciting, with riders completing multiple laps of a short and challenging circuit. Riders will face a variety of surfaces to ride on and will have to tackle obstacles such as cobbles, concrete steps and tightly packed trees. The course weaves its way beneath the iconic Ouseburn Valley viaducts, with the main circuit including closed-road sections through the centre of Ouseburn.
There will be races for all ages and categories, plus free taster sessions for those who would like to try out cyclocross for the first time, so why not give it a go this bank holiday.
More detail about the event, including on-line entry is available now, via the British Cycling website.
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