Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
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I think it depends on how aggressive you are. I've noticed that the faster guys seem to crash a lot more than I do.
I raced 14 times last year and crashed twice. I didn't hurt myself either time. I did pull a calf muscle in the second race of the season that hobbled me for a few weeks, but that's got more to do with me being 40 than with cyclocross being dangerous.
Overall, I wouldn't be surprised if cyclocross is the safest form of bike racing. Crashes are more likely than in road racing, but mud and sand tend to be much more forgiving than asphalt. I'd give it a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.