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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 04-20-03, 06:22 PM   #1
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Cyclocross?

Iím new in this part of the forum and would like to know more about cyclocross. What is this sport about? Road frames with tires suited for off road? Whatís the point of that? No offence to anyone Iím just curious.

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Cyclocross is one of the most intense forms of racing and the bikes are more than just road bikes with big tires. The frames are generally beefier than road frames and they have cantilever brake mounts to give more tire clearance with the brakes. Many times the large chainring will be a 48t instead of a 53t and in some cases there will only be one chainring up front. A cross course consists of mainly field and light trail riding with a short road section and a few sets of barriers that must be crossed. The races are run like criteriums and the season is through the worst part of the year making for muddy courses and inclimate weather. Between the conditions and the barriers and the fast pace a racer needs to be in top shape and have good bike handling skills to do well in cross racing.

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That certainly clarifies everything. Thanks for the reply.
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check out cyclocrossworld.com for pictures and details
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