If you are still trying to get the most enjoyment out of your bike before Boston turns into an icecycle, there are a few cyclocross races still to come for this year. If you have never raced a bike before, cyclocross can be one of the easiest forms to enter; all you need is an old mountain bike, a road bike with some tire clearance (preferably cantilever brakes) and some semi-knobby tires.
Cyclocross started in Europe around the turn of the 20th century as a way for road racers to keep in shape over the off season. In America it has long been a fringe sport for those that can’t stay inside and off the bike, recruiting eccentric and quirky racers from the full spectrum of the cycling world. While it has grown in popularity in recent seasons it does not have the pretense or intimidation factor that other styles of racing can have; perfect for beginners.
Kona’s slick 2011 Major Jake
The easiest and cheapest way to make this weekend’s races is to grab that old mountain bike in your parent’s basement, fill up the tires, grab your helmet, and go. The only regulation that pertains to mountain bikes is that they cannot have forward-facing bars, so take off those bar-ends (make sure your fixie’s bullhorns are turned around) and throw on some skinny knobbies.
For a full listing of races in New England check out bikereg.com.
If you want to get a bit of a competitive edge our shop carries a good cross-section of cross bikes from the full carbon Major Jake to our custom built SS Surly Cross-Check. Stop by the shop or give us a call anytime with questions about how to get geared up.
Surly Cross-Check Custom Build
Here are some videos to get you excited, instead of staring out the office window into Boston’s looming winter.
Some vintage footage that has been floating around the cycling community recently:
A short video put together by our friend Matt Watkins from the recent race in Canton.