Intro to Cyclocross
The cyclocross season typically runs from September to January and features many laps of a short, circuit course ranging anywhere from one to three kilometers. The racing surface varies from pavement to dirt, mud and sand and often includes obstacles like barriers to jump and steps to climb, resulting in frequent mounting and dismounting of the bike. Races are a set duration of time, ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Cyclocross bikes are a lot like road bikes because both are lightweight, have narrow tires and drop handlebars. Although, cyclocross bikes tend to have greater tire clearance for knobbier tires, disc braking, smaller gears, and a more upright position. Clothing warn during cyclocross races is like that of the road, but due to colder conditions, long sleeves are often worn with gloves and jackets.
Bloomington is hosting its very own cyclocross race, , Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Karst Farm Park. The racing starts at 10am and end with the Elite Men starting at 3:30pm. A great way to see the racing is by volunteering.
To volunteer, visit:
For more information on BloomingCross, visit: http://ovcx.com/races/bloomingcross/
If you’re interested in learning more about cyclocross, check out the videos below: