Cyclocross (CX) is a form of bicycle racing that has riders competing across several laps on a short course of mixed terrain and often includes navigating obstacles that may involve dismounting and carrying your bike. As such, it mixes multiple athletic endeavors, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skillful bike handling.
A typical race may take place on park or farmland and one lap will measure between 2 to 3 kilometers long. Courses wind around the grounds, mostly over grass, mud, single-track and hills, but occasionally features sand pits, gravel, pavement and other obstacles such as logs, barriers, stairs etc.
Depending on your competitive level, a race can last between 30 minutes and an hour, with the number of laps varying based on course length, conditions and speed. Competitors start as a group and quickly spread out, and faster riders will complete more laps and the officials keep track placement throughout the race.
CX races are run in almost all weather, from hot to cold, dry to wet, sun to snow.
The Wisconsin cyclocross season runs from September through December.
Cyclocross is for everyone
Cyclocross racing is a great sport for novice riders who are looking for fall activities. While it offers challenges for all skill levels, it is generally one of the safer forms of bike racing, thanks to the three S’s of safety:
- Slower speeds
- Softer ground
- Space to race
You don’t have to be fast to enjoy racing cyclocross; you just have to enjoy having fun.
The Wisconsin Cyclocross Series
There are a number of races in the Wisconsin Cyclocross Series, and points can be accumulated across each race, but only your best races will count towards the final tally. The rider with the highest amount of points by the end of the season will receive a Champion’s jersey.
Participation in all races is NOT required; you may race as many or as few as you please.