Cyclocross FAQ

What is Cyclocross?

Cyclocross is a very specific type of bicycle racing held mostly in the Fall and Winter months. Cyclocross has parallels with mountain biking, cross-country cycling, and criterium racing. The course consists of many laps of a short course over a set time. Racers are measured in their quantity of laps, not distance covered. You can expect to encounter grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and a whole slew of other assortments and combinations.

How long is the race?

Depending on your category, a race can be as quick as 30 minutes (for beginners), or as long as 60 minutes (for pros).

What is a cyclocross course like?

Courses will typically include barriers, as well as other ‘features’ that will necessitate hopping both off, and back onto, your bike. These barriers are considered obstacles. With very few exceptions, barriers are small enough for everyone to safely run through. Those skilled enough can hop their¬†bikes right over. Often there are hills, sand pits, and muddy sections that are too difficult or slow to ride, and thus a racer will shoulder their bike and run with it.

What about bad weather?

Cyclocross races go on regardless of bad weather. This means that if you look outside and see rain, snow, sleet, or shine, the show will still go on.

Do I need to practice?

There are some tips and skills that come in handy in a cyclocross race. Luckily, we have some great groups in NWA putting on practice sessions around the region. Drop in on some practices or clinics to pick up some skills and have more confidence on the bike.

Can my friends and family watch?

Yes! Cyclocross is a very spectator friendly sport! Bring the whole crew to join in on the fun!