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Cyclocross question(s)

Not sure where to post this quesion. Had a look in MTB section and there didn't seem anywhere there so here goes...

I have been reading about Cyclocross and it seems as tho' it might be "fun" (in a devlish kinda way). However, where do you find out about rides/competitions?

Also as I've got a non-sus mtb would I be able to get away with that until I find I like the stress and strain of it all. If I did, then a cull would have to happen.
STMBO would not take kindly to yet another new bike joining the stable of Scott mtb, Thorn flat barred tourer and Spech Rubaix Expert.
:oops:
2 minute grovels can sometimes be a lot longer..tho' shorter on a lighter bike :-)

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  • zonczonc Posts: 37
    Ohhh the darkside......

    I understand that you can enter any cross with a mountain bike as long as it is not UCI sanctioned - in Scottish land anyhow!

    check you local club and also

    http://www.ukcyclocross.com/

    It is GREAT fun, hard work and only lasts an hour..or thereabouts.
    DO NOT by a cross bike till you have sussed it out....there are alot to choose from and
    you need to find the best that suits you all round.
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • Thanks for the links guys. CJCP the link you sent has flagged up a cyclo-race last weekend..... not 5 miles from where I live :cry: i would really have liked to have gone to watch that.
    2 minute grovels can sometimes be a lot longer..tho' shorter on a lighter bike :-)

    Ride the Route Ankerdine Hill 2008

    http://peterboroughbigband.webplus.net/index.html
  • John
    You could put the Scott in the car and get up the M1 to Long Eaton on Saturday for the cross race, Trent meadows is about 10 minutes from Junction 25, it's a nice flat course, couple of short climbs, and if the forecast is correct it should be dry. (Wrap up warm)
    Main race gos off at 2pm I think, I am hoping my kids will go in the under 10s before that.
    Even if you don't race have a couple of practise laps, and get a feel for it.
    (Failing that make your own loop aroud Burbage Common and ride laps of it flat out for an hour!)
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  • John
    You could put the Scott in the car and get up the M1 to Long Eaton on Saturday for the cross race, Trent meadows is about 10 minutes from Junction 25, it's a nice flat course, couple of short climbs, and if the forecast is correct it should be dry. (Wrap up warm)
    Main race gos off at 2pm I think, I am hoping my kids will go in the under 10s before that.
    Even if you don't race have a couple of practise laps, and get a feel for it.
    (Failing that make your own loop aroud Burbage Common and ride laps of it flat out for an hour!)

    Just PM'd you. Thanks
    2 minute grovels can sometimes be a lot longer..tho' shorter on a lighter bike :-)

    Ride the Route Ankerdine Hill 2008

    http://peterboroughbigband.webplus.net/index.html
  • Gary DGary D Posts: 431
    John,
    Take a look on this website if you haven't already. I notice Hinckley CRC are on the list of WM Clubs.

    http://www.wmccl.co.uk/

    I've just started this year and it is good fun - very tough going in a lot of the races but worth it! The ability of the riders in each of the classes varies enormously but no one minds. I typically get lapped at least twice :oops: :oops:

    The WMCCL races are very much family events as well. My 2 girls who are 6 and 8 compete as well.

    Hope this helps,
    Gary.
    Oh and I feel like I've been raped by an Orangutan :shock: And I've got legs like Girders :lol:
  • neil²neil² Posts: 337
    How did you get on?

    I learned a massive amount in my first cross race on an MTB... like cross wheels cut through the mud and mine act like a pair of ploughs - with me the oxen!

    Lots of fun but I'll keep the MTB on XC and buy a cross bike before competing again.

    Too much choice at the moment! (and not enough cash!)

    Cheers!
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