Taking place off-road during the autumn and winter, cyclo cross involves mud, grass, gravel, sand, hurdles and obstacles.

Accessible for all age groups, the courses are usually short and windy affairs with races lasting a set time limit. Unlike road racing, it’s not very often you’ll be in a large bunch, and it’s often viewed as a personal battle between the rider and the course. It’s this differentiation that makes it popular for riders of all abilities.

During the race, riders will cycle some parts of the course, but when faced with obstacles (such as hurdles) they’re forced to get off and carry or run with their bikes.

Cyclo Cross bikes differ from road bikes in that they have wider knobbly tyres, lower gearing and a different geometry for better clearance.

If you want to get involved, keep an eye out for news of local events on our Facebook page so you can go along and see what happens.