CYCLO-CROSS is growing in popularity more and more and now it could be coming to Wales, but just what is Cyclo-cross?
Usually, the races are small course but have many laps. The course has many obstacles which include grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. The 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 extremely popular in Belgium and The Netherlands however is making its way across Europe and now to the United States of America.
The bike used is very similar to a road racing bike being lightweight and having narrow tires and drop handlebars. A way of spotting the difference of these bikes is by its lower gears, stronger frames and cantilever or disc brakes . They also share similarities form mountain bicycles in that they use knobby tread tires for traction. They have to be lightweight because they are needed to be carried to overcome barriers or slopes too steep to climb.
Cyclo-cross has already hit Wales and the UK, there is already a Welsh Cyclocross League where people compete mainly across South Wales but it is hoping to expand. There have been World Championships hosted in the UK already in London, Birmingham and most recently in Leeds.
There are numerous big events in cyclo-cross, The UCI World Championships, The UCI World Cup and other national events in Belgium such as the DVV Trophy. There is also the American tournament The Cross Crusade.
It is unclear as to what competition could be coming to Wales, however, there have been talks as to an apparent bid from Wales to host one of the major events in the coming years.
I think it is brilliant that a new sport can be introduced to Wales and get people trying something new. Cyclo-cross can be enjoyed for fun as well as being competitive so it can get quite a viewing in the UK.
Here is a link to a youtube video which shows some of the highlights of Cyclo-cross and what to expect should it come to Wales. The video is only short as it is a montage but very interesting I would recommend watching it:
and here is a link to the Welsh cycling cyclo-cross website so you can find out more about the local events around you:
Original Blog Posted by: Jacob Chick here at Major Cyclo-cross Competition Coming to Wales