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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 09-15-02, 06:15 PM   #1
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Ok, I am trying to visualize what Cyclocross is really like. From the pictures I see spread accross the web, it seems to be mainly a smooth off road event. Really I am just curious what percentage of the race is on paved roads, dirt path, and grass or whatever?
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The percentage of varying terrain changes between each event. What makes cyclocross hard is the dismount - remount and the run ups, not to mention the fact that the races vary between 45 min and 1 hour. It's just shy if a sprint.
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So do the rules require the use of a drop bar? I just do not see any other reason to use them in this type of conditions!
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So do the rules require the use of a drop bar? I just do not see any other reason to use them in this type of conditions!
Nope - but if you use flat bars, bar ends cannot be used. I raced cross last year on a mountain bike with a rigid fork - I was at a disadvantage to the guys with cyclocross bikes.
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Do you think the disadvantage was in the wheel size? With the industry view that 29 or 700 rolls over things easier.
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Do you think the disadvantage was in the wheel size? With the industry view that 29 or 700 rolls over things easier.
No - I think the advantage is in the weight, frame size (cross bikes are easier to shoulder), tire size, riding position. I won and usally placed in the top 3 of most the cross races I did last year, all on a mountain bike - this year I've got a cross bike, but with only one gear, so I still have an excuse to lean on.
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