In case you’ve missed the slew of hopeful pre-season tweets and Instagram posts, here’s a reminder: ‘cross is here. Not coming, not round the corner – it’s officially here and you can get stuck in.
Cyclocross – racing around an often muddy field on a knobbly tyred road bike – is a truly accessible sport. Riders race laps for a set period of time (30 minutes to an hour usually) and it’s rarely clear who is at the front and who is at the back.
Unlike some other forms of racing, it’s a very low pressure sport if you want it to be. You can train super hard and make it your key focus – but you can also dress up in a tu-tu and have a laugh whilst being lapped multiple times by the leaders.
If you want to do well and come at the front of the pack – or if you just want to challenge yourself and learn something new – there are some essential skills that will help. In a series of videos we’ll be taking you through some of the core skills step by step with cyclocross coach Huw Williams.
We’ve already covered cyclocross dismounts. Next up: how to tackle a drop off – or steep descent.