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Old 07-04-10, 12:25 PM
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Cyclocross racing

I'm curious how many here do Cyclocross races and how much you like it compared to road riding? Are most Mountain Bike converts or road converts?
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I race on the road from March to September, and race cross from September though December. I prefer cross as I think it's more fun. I also don't consider myself a road convert, I raced cross before I began racing on the road.
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I love cross! I do TT's thur the year, but in the fall it's cross season. I might do 1 road race a year, and almost never ride my mountain bike. FYI.
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I only rode MTB's until I started commuting regularly so I picked up an older road bike. then i started watching a few cross races and was hooked. Now I own a cross bike that I do road rides, trail rides and cross. The mtb is still hanging up feeling a bit left out.
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I'm curious too. I race MTB and road and triathlon and am bored with all of them and thinking of trying cyclocross racing this fall. Several of my friends race it and love it, always telling me I need to try it.
Only thing that makes me apprhensive is I have a prosthetic leg and it's a bit of an effort to unclip really smoothly and not so easy running on a cycling foot.
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Cyclocross racing is crack. Seriously.

I'm a convert from commuting. I bought a bike to commute, loved it and wanted a road bike so I could do some longer weekend road rides. A guy at the LBS convinced me that a CX bike was the way to go since my primary use was commuting. A year later, having done the road thing (and also loved that FWIW), I was reading a blog entry about a local shop that was renting bikes for CX races. One of the comments said, "Uh oh, there goes my skinny-tires excuse. I guess it's time to bust out the tutu and mud goggles and give this thing a shot." That comment changed my life.

I had never considered racing because I'm mind-bogglingly unathletic, but I love competition and I love cycling and I already had a CX bike, so I figured if it involved mud goggles and tutus, maybe this was worth looking into. About a month later, having no idea what I was getting myself into and even less idea what I was doing, I entered my first race. I picked a small race. Of 10 people in the beginners class, one DNF'd due to mechanical failure and eight beat me by a full lap, including a guy who rode past me with a flat tire in the last 100 yards. Half way through the first lap, a guy who was pre-riding the course for a later race caught up to me and asked me if I was racing. A few laps later, a race volunteer pushed me up a hill. Everywhere, the spectators cheered me on like crazy because I was constantly on the verge of passing out but I was smiling the whole time. After I finished, I couldn't wait to do it again.
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I did my first season last year. It's a great way to get into racing and the vibe is very supportive of noobies. I was lapped in my first few races and barely avoided getting lapped in my last race. Goal for this year is to be pack fodder.
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It's fun, can't wait for cross season to come around and plan to have a new bike to race.

First RR tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Cyclocross racing is crack. Seriously.
+1

I raced MTBs many years ago. About 10 years ago I bought a cross bike to use on the fire/forest roads. Bought a roadie to go really fast on the paved, but no racing. Gave away my MTB when I tried cross racing, and am completely hooked. A fat, old guy can have a great time even if getting lapped.
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Road convert. It's an awesome time. And like others have said, it's a very welcoming, mellow vibe. In a crazy sort of way.
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