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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 08-31-05, 06:07 PM   #1
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SS cyclocross racing

hi. i started racing SS MTB this year in the sport class, and plan to race SS cyclocross this upcoming season. i was wondering if anyone else out there has raced SS CX, and has any advice to offer me.

what gearing do you run? on my MTB i run a 2:1, but that seems too low for cross. i was thinking around 38, 39, or 40T chain ring with a 17 fixed cog and an 18 freewheel flipflop.

what are the class divisions like? in mtb its beginner/sport/expert, split up in age groups, and an open SS class in sport and exp. is CX similar? is there ever a SS class?

what are ave. coarse lengths? (miles, time)

will i need a license? ave price of races?

ok thats about it i think.....
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Old 09-01-05, 07:22 AM   #2
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lots of questions here and probably lots of different answers too.

gearing is somewhat dependent on the terrian in your area, and the type of rider you are (your fitness, strength, spin -vs- mash). i have seen ppl run 34:17 and 42:18...its really a matter of preference.

the classes are generally A, B, C, masters, juniors, and sometimes there will be seperate ss class(es). this depends on your area. out in seattle and portland there are alot of ss-ers so i think its more common out there than it is in the northeast. but it doesnt really matter because you can still just jump in the c's or the b's, depending on your abilities.

cx races are timed, so depending on your class it could range from 30 min + 1 lap, to 60 min + 1 lap. timewise, one lap can range from approx 5 to 7 minutes.

for most races you will need a license, but you can get a day license for about $5 if you dont want to buy a yearly license.

best thing to do is just go and start racing. be prepared to get schooled, but dont worry about it. you will have a blast. cx is a great sport, especially as ss!
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I'v never seen a SS class but I've seen som SS'ers kick some serious ass. I would not think that fixed is a good thing because of mounting and dismounting as well as obstacles.
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I'v never seen a SS class but I've seen som SS'ers kick some serious ass. I would not think that fixed is a good thing because of mounting and dismounting as well as obstacles.
Last year I attended the Crank Brothers sponsored UCI cyclocross race at the Alpenrose dairy, in Portland, Oregon. Some lady was racing on a regular track bike with no brakes and narrow, slick tires. The course was a complete mud bog. I don't know if she even finished, but she was definately a crowd favorite.
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i dont plan on racing fixed, i just like riding fixed on and off road, so i want the option... and who knows, maybe i will race fixed for sh!ts and giggles..
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A friend of mine compared a fixed CX race to playing a really muddy game of pick-up tackle football with friends who are all better than him. It's awesome, even though your performance might not be so hot, you get beat up but but it feels great, the crowd loves you, and for the next few days you're finding mud in places you didn't even know you had.
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