Introduction to cyclo-cross [BikeRadar]

Introduction to cyclo-cross

By Gary Boulanger & Guy Kesteven
Cyclo-cross. Many consider it a steeplechase with modified road bikes on a 2km course over hill and dale; others consider it muddy hell. Its roots can be traced to the early 1900s, when French army private Daniel Gousseau would ride his bicycle along horseback-riding friends through the woods.
The sport is strongest in Europe, and the most aggressive and successful racers hail from Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. It's currently enjoying a boom in the US, too, along with a bit of a renaissance in the UK. Traditionally, the cyclo-cross season runs from September to January, ending with the UCI world championships.