Cyclo-cross (sometimes cyclocross, CX, cyclo-X or ‘cross) is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October–February), and consist of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (Flanders in particular), France and the Netherlands.

Cyclo-cross has some obvious parallels with mountain bike racing, cross-country cycling and criterium racing. Many of the best cyclo-cross riders cross train in other cycling disciplines; however, cyclo-cross has reached such size and popularity that some racers are specialists, and many prioritize cyclo-cross races over other disciplines. Cyclo-cross bicycles are similar to road racing bicycles: lightweight, with somewhat narrow tires and drop handlebars. They are typically differentiated by their greater tire clearances, lower gearing, stronger frames, cantilever brakes or disc brakes and more upright riding position. They also share characteristics with mountain bicycles in that they utilize knobby tread tires for traction and, increasingly, disc brakes. They have to be lightweight because competitors need to carry their bicycle to overcome barriers or slopes too steep to climb in the saddle. The sight of competitors struggling up a muddy slope with bicycles on their shoulders is the classic image of the sport, although unridable sections are generally a very small fraction of the race distance. READ MORE HERE…..

CROSSVEGAS is now an official UCI World Championship race held in September.The opening round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup went down in history as being the first round of the international 20160427 085359 resizedseries ever to be held outside of Europe. The race course, organisation and overall atmosphere of enthusiasm and fair play all contributed to CrossVegas earning the vote of best event of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. Brook Watts, head of the CrossVegas Organising Committee received the trophy from UCI Deputy Sports Director and Head of Off-Road Peter Van den Abeele during an organisers’ seminar held at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on Friday. Organisers of all nine rounds of the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup as well as the next two UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships attended the seminar. Discussions began with a debrief of the last season before turning to the upcoming 2016-2017 season.