The origins of cyclocross are often attributed to road-cyclists riding their bikes across beaches and farmer’s fields during the autumn and winter training season. Throughout the 20th century cyclocross evolved to become a respected discipline of its own with multiple race series and World Championships.
Cyclocross courses are comprised of mix of grass, sand, mud, and pavement. Riders may be challenged by obstacles including technical descents, stairs, or barriers in which they may need to discmount their bicycle to overcome. Races are based on a predetermined time in which riders complete a number of laps on a looped circuit.
The typical cyclocross bike resembles a road bicycle but with some small differences in geometry, brakes, and tire-clearance.
Cyclocross is often considered one of the most challenging but also most welcoming disciplines of cycling. Beginners often ride whatever bike they have at their disposal– so it’s not unusual to see mountain bikes or road bikes on-course.
Minnesota’s cyclocross season starts around mid-August and runs through November.