Things I learned on my second Cyclo-cross season

picture of Tom on a New Malden Velo Sunday Club cycling ride
Me, ironically not on a Cyclo-cross ride.

Whilst others in the club either turn to their digital version of themselves on Zwift, head to the Cinnamon Café in Windsor or just hang the bike up in the shed for the winter months, I make the bizarre decision to do off-road races in whatever the weather conditions. I get covered in mud, dismount and carry rather than ride my bike for parts of the race.

When I made the decision to take up cycling in 2016, when looking at the British Cycling website, I came across the cyclo-cross pages and decided then and there that this was something that I wanted to do and for some reason I have continued with this decision.

For those unfamiliar with Cyclo-cross, it is a sport that usually takes place in the winter or off season for cyclists. it was thought to be started by pro road cyclists who were keeping up their training. The first French national championships were in 1902, so its not a new phenomenon but it has been gaining in popularity recently and specific Cyclo-cross bikes are now more mainstream. You can find out more at cyclocross magazine if you are interested.

Over the course of the next few posts, I will roundup of my 2018/19 Cyclo-cross season which is my second-year attempt at the sport!

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