I'm so fat and out of shape I'm worried that it's going to get here all too soon.Lord Taipan said:
Primarily because it was historically an off-season activity that developed into a competitive sport. And the mountain bikers got first dibs on the rest of the season now anyway.Lord Taipan said:
Yeah I know the history. Seems like there could be room for evolution of the sport though, like spring and summer endurance CX races. Something to let you keep riding the cycloross bike but prepare you for the traditional cross season.Dwayne Barry said:Primarily because it was historically an off-season activity that developed into a competitive sport. And the mountain bikers got first dibs on the rest of the season now anyway.
I've done a cross race or two in hot conditions, it sucks.
PeanutButterBreath said:The CX season should be like CX races -- nasty, brutal and short.
It is a year-round sport. You just don't get to race year-round.Lord Taipan said:
Here in CO where LT and I are from we race the first third of CX season in some hot weather. Sept is pretty toasty still. the dust and heat is tough on the lungs. Similar pain... hit the wednesday boulder short track series. Jon Baker was hitting it on his CX bike in the A groop and putting it to T-Brown and JHKDwayne Barry said:I've done a cross race or two in hot conditions, it sucks.
With all of these kinds of races out there, seems like the person limiting himself is you.Lord Taipan said:Roadies have crits, road races, hill climbs, time trials, ect. Same for mountain bikers....24hr races, hill climbs, downhill, xc, 100 milers.
Why should crossers limit themselves strictly due to history?
Already on it...one adventure race down this season and one to go. I may do the next adventure race on one of my cx bikes.pretender said:With all of these kinds of races out there, seems like the person limiting himself is you.
Mountain bike races are fun. The pain is doled out in a slightly different manner than cross. I'm racing singlespeed on a rigid 29er; no need to spend thousands on a highzoot fullboinger.
There's a lot of crazy multisport/adventure events out there. They do require running fitness; running is a great way to lose or maintain body weight.
Cat 5 road racing is very approachable and friendly. A little hazardous to your collarbones, but hey.