Cyclocross (CX) mixes multiple athletic endeavors, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skillful bike handling. When compared with other forms of bicycle racing, cyclocross tactics are fairly straightforward and the emphasis is more on the rider’s aerobic endurance and bike-handling skills.
In Virginia the cyclocross season runs from September to December. Most races are held on 1km to 3km courses, mixing blacktop, sand, dirt, mud, run-ups and sometimes steps. Races typically last between 30 minutes and up to an hour long. CX events are held for men, women and youth and are categorized by age and experience – Juniors (15 to 18 year olds), Pro 1/2/3 and Masters (35, 40, 50+ years of age).
Cyclocross races are also known for their fun atmosphere and many people bring their whole families along. Spectators line the course, cheering and ringing cowbells, which makes for a festive atmosphere. The pace of the events, obstacles, climate and technical aspects of the course weed out the weak and make for a good show.