Cyclocross is a fun and exciting branch of the sport that is ideal for children and young adults. It involves riding a drop-handlebar bike with nobbly tyres (but mountain bikes are absolutely fine too!) around a course similar to a cross-country running course, normally in a park or school field. It is an excellent introduction to the sport as it is easily accessible but at the same time teaches some great techniques – many of the best riders in the world like Wout Van Aert, Mathieu Van Der Poel and GB’s very own Tom Pidcock all race cyclocross!
A bike suitable for riding on grass and muddy paths.
A ‘have a go’ attitude!
We have regular coaching sessions throughout the autumn and winter, held every Saturday morning at Hilly Fields in Colchester and the sessions are led by the Club Coaches, all of whom are British Cycling accredited.
UPDATE:We are currently focussing on road skills at the Northern Gateway on Saturday mornings (see the Road & TT page), watch this space for updates on upcoming cyclocross sessions as the racing season approaches in September.
Naturally, many riders will have a competitive urge and we are lucky to have a very comprehensive series of races every winter via the Eastern Cyclocross League.
Colchester Rovers are always very well represented and these are a great way to meet other riders and parents, as well as being a nice day out! The emphasis is always on having fun and trying your best. The races cater for children as young as five, all the way up to over 60s with races for the youngest participants typically lasting around ten minutes.
We would recommend joining the Colchester Rovers Youth pageon Facebook. This is often the best and easiest place to get up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on.