What is Cyclo-Cross?
Cyclo-Cross is a unique sport, combining elements of cross country running, mountain biking, hurdles, and road cycling. Races typically take place in the autumn and consists of many short laps on a 2.5 to 3.5 km circuit, featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount.
The Cyclo-Cross World Cup season occurs from September to January, with the World Cup Championship held in January each year. With the Championships occurring in January, categories at sanctioned events are based on rider’s age as of December 31, 2020.
Cyclo-Cross combines the technical aspects of mountain biking and the speed of road racing, but neither in excess so it is a great sport for someone looking to get into cycling. The sport has grown immensely in Ontario and is very spectator friendly as riders are passing spectating areas every 6-8 minutes. It’s fun and provides thrills for riders and spectators alike.