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Great photo sequence from 3 peaks cyclocross

neil²neil² Posts: 337
edited October 2009 in Amateur race
I was browsing the photos from the 3 peaks cyclocross race and found this sequence of photos.... :lol:

Can't paste the images here, unfortunately, but you can click through to Flikr...

Enjoy

(btw - it's not me!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarepublic/3960148250/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarepublic/3959371075/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarepublic/3959364907/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarepublic/3960128878/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/camerarepublic/3960120962/

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  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    Like the pics, it looks great.

    I know nothing at all about cyclocrss, so can someone tell me - what is the difference between this and MTB racing, there doesn't seem to be much? What are the pros and cons of MTBs v cross bikes?
  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    "On your right!" :lol:

    Cross races have obstacles that you can't ride over (ie hay bales, step-over boards or steep banks) so the bikes are much lighter than MTB's so you can run with the bike over your shoulder.

    Good dismount / re-mounting technique is therefore a must!

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  • neil²neil² Posts: 337
    bompington wrote:
    Like the pics, it looks great.

    I know nothing at all about cyclocrss, so can someone tell me - what is the difference between this and MTB racing, there doesn't seem to be much? What are the pros and cons of MTBs v cross bikes?

    Cross circuits are not so technical and usually only have relatively short single track sections whereas MTB are the other way round.

    I find the biggest difference is in the quality of the riders. Everyone has a MTB in their garage and so MTB races always have a lot of riders there for fun. On the other hand, the only people who invest a lot of cash in a cross bike are those who are very committed and so tend to be a lot fitter and quicker than MTB, and take it a lot more seriously. Almost all cross riders are riding for a club, it seems.

    Some courses could be ridden well on either type of bike, but if the mud gets too deep a cross bike will just cut through whereas an MTB will be a lot slower. However, on the dry single track I reckon that MTB are quicker as you have much more control.
  • I see that wheelbase cycles tried to pre-empt the result,by congratulating the 'winner'
    Rob Jebb,in their advert in the latest Cyclesport,that landed on my doorstep this morning!!
    so many cols,so little time!
  • GiantMikeGiantMike Posts: 3,139
    bompington wrote:
    I know nothing at all about cyclocrss, so can someone tell me - what is the difference between this and MTB racing, there doesn't seem to be much? What are the pros and cons of MTBs v cross bikes?

    Went out for the first time on my Cylocross bike yesterday and I was amazed how much faster it is than my MTB. My relatively heavy steel CX bike weighs 10kgs.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Did my first cross race last weekend - heartrate went up to 90% and stayed there for the next hour! It was like an extended interval session with no rest - really loved the intensity and great for your bike handling - being smooth on the corners and making sure you get in front of the group for technical sections is key.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • lfcquinlfcquin Posts: 470
    First cyclocross race for me this coming Sunday. Those pictures WILL be me! :lol:
  • It certainly brngs back fond memories,almost enough to want to race cross again,except the clogged up cleats lol maybe next year!
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