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  • Keelius

    Long time reader, first time poster here…thanks for all your excellent coverage of cyclocross! I am a Melburnian who got the bug after attending a free skills clinic put on by the good people at Dirty Deeds. I also attended several sessions run by the Fields of Joy crew, and would say the support of both groups has been instrumental in my growing addiction. I had never raced before, for me one of the main areas I enjoy is improving skills, like handling an off-camber section with more confidence. Its always such a great atmosphere at the races, seeing familiar faces on the start line (like Clarissa’s!) is great. I would encourage anyone considering giving it a go to bite the bullet!!! -Keely

    • jules

      I think the word “race” intimidates some people, but it’s really just about having fun and making it as competitive as you want to, or not.

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  • Crosser

    Great article and good on these women for having a go. I think the most important problem in cycling is encouraging more women to get on bikes and discover the fun of racing. CX has a major role to play in this since it is probably the most accessible and safest racing discipline (not to mention that pro women’s CX is the best spectacle in the sport right now — Worlds last year was one of the best bike races I have ever seen).

    I think a lot of people get intimidated by racing because they think they will be embarrassed if they end up in last place, but rest assured that at least in CX this isn’t the case. Even if you’re dead last, lapped three times there is still fun to be had in racing the course as best you can. I started to enjoy my racing more and even perform better when I realised that unless you’re paid to race, no one but yourself cares how you do and so you are free to make of racing what you like.

    • velocite

      Agreed, great article, creative thinking by CT. I’m flirting with the idea of trying cross, but having a dud back I’m a little worried about the prospect of rapid dismounts and mounts. Still, it sounds enticing.

    • Simone Giuliani

      Thanks Crosser. It’s always good to remember that it is meant to be fun after all. Also, sometimes there is an advantage to getting lapped as it means you can get some hints for next time as you watch how those fast riders tackle that tricky obstacle so quickly as they charge on past.

  • Richard Bruton

    This article has me even more excited about the northern hemisphere winter, I’m waiting so impatiently for cross bikes to come into stock. Such a versatile bike and messing about in the mud(i live on a farm) seems like a great way to have fun

  • Lulu

    I love the fact that the whole family can participate. There is nothing better for the family to be able to get out there and race together. My sons love it. My husband loves it and I love it. We race in Hobart. It would be great if there were more women out there riding in general. But i think CX has the possibility of overcoming many peoples fear of roads, cars and other things that put them off. Its has such a great atmosphere. Maybe a bit more publicity from Cycling Australia would also be great.

  • Elisabeth

    I could read these forever! I’ll never forget my first cyclocross race — it’s the reason I’m still racing today!

  • Derek Maher

    Way to go Girls get out and have a load of fun.
    One thing though who gets the job of bike cleaner.(shudder)

  • Sophie Luther

    Great article! Exactly what I have experienced. And now I think I love my CX bike more than my road or mtb. We have just finished the season in NZ and I am in love with it! So much so we organised the NZ National Champs and had a ball. Couldn’t recommend Cyclocross any more highly, amazing for your skills and fitness and so so much fun!

  • linda cantelo

    I am a regular spectator when my daughter races cx in the UK (and this season my husband too) It is my absolute favourite sport to watch and I truly admire everyone that gives it a go – it shows off the best in cycling skills, is so physically demanding and such an accessible sport for everyone in the family from youngest to oldest. I am even considering having a go – although I really need to brush up on my skills on the bike first! We have a local league which runs throughout the winter, every Sunday and never miss it. The biggest stars in the sport are also very friendly and welcoming, watching the world cx champs last year at Milton Keynes was a highlight of our cycling calendar and then our girls got to race the same muddy course the next day in the National cx champs – how many sports can you meet the best one day, watch them race, and then have them support your kids the next day?

    • Simone Giuliani

      Great to hear your family racing stories Linda and Lulu. Getting covered in mud together is definitely my idea of quality family time.


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