It’s fall in Boulder and that means every weekend people are hitting the dirt (and other obstacles) for a little cyclo-cross. Cyclo-cross mixes running and riding and tests endurance, strength, technique, and pure grit.
There are many stories about how cycle-cross started but most agree that it began in the early 1900s when riders would choose a destination and then race each other to the finish by taking any and every shortcut they could. If that meant hopping fences, riding through farm fields, and doing some urban assault in the tiny towns along the way, then that’s what they did. It helped them stay in shape during the winter months and it demanded they get even more skilled at handling their bikes.
Today the sport is growing like mad and just like their counterparts in the early 1900s, cyclo-cross athletes face a variety of natural and manmade obstacles out on the course and they often compete during less than ideal weather conditions like rain, ice, snow and mud, which is exactly why it’s one of my favorite sports…to watch.
The other day I chatted with Brandon Dwight, former pro cyclo-cross racer and co-owner of Boulder Cycle Sport, to find out more about his shop and what they’re up to this season.