Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing, and typically consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. Races vary between 30 minutes and an hour, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. Relatively new to the US, cyclo-cross is very popular in Europe.
Cyclo-cross bicycles are similar to road racing bicycles: lightweight, with somewhat narrow tires and drop handlebars. They are typically differentiated by their greater tire clearances, lower gearing, stronger frames, cantilever brakes and more upright riding position. They also share characteristics with mountain bicycles in that they utilize knobby tread tires for traction and, increasingly, disc brakes. They have to be lightweight because competitors need to carry their bicycle to overcome barriers or slopes too steep to climb in the saddle.
The 2018 Finger Lakes Cyclo Cross race will be October 13, 2018! Registration opens August 1, 2018 - click HERE to register!