Cyclo-Cross (often abbreviated to 'Cross) is generally an autumn and winter sport. Massed starts make for exciting races, usually no more than an hour in length - and shorter for juniors, women and veterans. There are usually free-to-enter races for younger riders. Racing season is September to January, altough there are some clubs running summer races.
Cyclo-Cross machines look very similar to road bikes, with dropped handlebars and thin tyres - however the latter have a knobbled-tread for grip, powerful brakes, low gears and better frame clearances to prevent clogging with mud, all of which adds up to make them easy to handle on the rough.
Who races Cyclo-Cross?
There are often separate races for younger riders (Under-12 and Youth of Under-16 categories, usually), usually with a reduced entry fee or no entry fee at all. For older riders (over-40) and women, races are often shorter. Even senior races rarely last more than an hour, so to taking part doesn't require a mammoth commitment to hours of training.
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Regional Race Calendar
There is a comprehensive calendar of racing during the racing season September to January see the regional Cycle Cross leagues website for details at http://cxne.org.uk/
Locate your nearest Club
Use British Cycling's Club Finder to find out about Cyclo-Cross clubs in the North East.