What is cyclocross?
Skinny tyres, mud, short, sharp off-road races, with hurdles, obstacles and intense action. That’s cyclocross, a form of off-road racing that predates mountain biking by decades.
Cyclocross takes place in off-road venues such as public parks and other open spaces. Surfaces can include grass, mud, gravel and sand. Courses are short and winding, enabling multiple laps to be completed within a set distance. Courses often feature obstacles such as hurdles and sand pits, forcing riders to dismount and carry or run with their bikes. Some courses are more ‘technical’ than others, featuring tight single-track trails, tree roots and other obstacles.
Who can participate?
Although ultra-competitive and technical at the highest level, cyclocross is one of the most accessible forms of cycle sport, with racing categories from under-12 to over 50 and everything from regional leagues in local parks to world-class events attracting riders from across the globe.
Colchester Rovers organise two events annually at Mistley which form part of the Elmy Cycles Eastern Cyclocross League. The Club also has its own annual championships for riders of all ages competing for points at designated events. During the winter cyclocross season the club offers Saturday morning youth coaching sessions.
Upcoming cyclocross events