Re: This is what I call cross trainingin article yUPO9.firstname.lastname@example.org, Wade Summers at email@example.com wrote on
12/26/02 7:35 PM:
> And promoters should design courses with cyclocross bikes in mind because it is a cyclocross race
> not a mountain bike race. The difference is quite dramatic - riding a mountain bike over rough
> terrain and riding a cyclocross bike over the same terrain. Stuff that wouldn't even phase you on
> a mtb with wide tires and suspension can be down right dangerous on a cross bike. If you want to
> do a mountain bike race go do a mountain bike race. It is a different sport. Remember cyclocross
> has it roots in road racing and came along long before mountain bikes were even thought of.
Interesting that the UCI Web site in talking about Cross racing points out the main difference
between Cross racing and Mt. bike racing is the rules dealing with Tech support
"Where cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing differ in ideology is in-race technical support. In
mountain biking, the rider must be fully self-sufficient to carry out in-race repair work should his
machine malfunction. In contrast, a cyclo-cross racer is allowed to use up to three bicycles in a
race. Since this is a winter sport and the tracks are often very muddy, a clean cyclo-cross bike can
weigh in excess of 10kg less than a muddy one!"
In talking aobut what a Cross course is like the UCI web site says
"For a start cyclo-cross is a winter-time sport. Woodland trails, open meadows, and short, steep
hills are the main features of a cyclo-cross course. Normally the circuit is in the region of
2.5-3km, and the race duration around one hour."