Tag: Cyclocross

Cyclocross Bike

Upgrading the CAADX – Tubeless disc brake road wheels?

My Cannondale CAADX is still running exactly as it came out of the shop, with it’s Sora groupset and bog-standard wheels… all unchanged apart from the rear derailleur jockey wheels. It’s a terrific set-up for a winter commuter, but it needs to lose some weight for the winter cyclocross racing. I know that changing the …

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Western League Round 9 – Back to Hengrove

This was the third race of the season at Hengrove, held here after Bath Council (allegedly?) took issue with the Odd Down track being used for a cyclocross race, so forced that to be cancelled. It should be said that this Western Cyclocross League is brilliantly organized and many thanks go to the team that …

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Western League Round 8 – Warmley Park was very warm

Warmley Park is right beside the Bristol-Bath cycle path in east Bristol and was a thoroughly pleasant place to run a cyclocross race. The only hitch, which seemed to deter some of the regular riders, was the heatwave that we had across the UK last week – when I arrived at the course, at about …

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Western Cyclocross League – Round 7 – The hills of Lockleaze

Anyone familiar with Bristol, especially if you commute, will know the large TV/comms aerial that sits on the hill above the M32 as you head into the city. Well, Round 7 of the Western League was run around the slopes under that aerial, so this course proved to be a war of attrition with my …

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Western Cyclocross League – Round 6 – Back to Hengrove

Last Wednesday saw me get my fourth cyclocross under my belt with a return to the course at Hengrove. While the rain held off (until the very moment that I crossed the finish line), the course proved to be challenging. Whereas the first outing at Hengrove was a counter-clockwise circuit that introduced me to the …

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Road ride or cyclocross race – Which is harder?

Time for a little bit of science… how does a hard road ride compare to a cyclocross race in terms of effort? I’ve been wearing a bluetooth Polar heart monitor (linked to a smartphone app via Bluetooth) for my three cyclocross races and I’ve been amazed by how hard I’m working during the race… for …

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Western Cyclocross League – Round 4 – The art of cycling on grass

My third cyclocross was last night and I didn’t get into the largest chainring at any point… Round 4 of the Western Cyclocross League was held at Oldbury Park, in north Bristol, on a beautifully sunny Wednesday evening. The gales and rain from the preceding few days had evaporated and the weather couldn’t have been …

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Western Cyclocross League Round 2 – A steep learning curve

This article should probably be titled “A very steep learning curve”… Last night (20th May 2015) was Round 2 of the Western Cyclocross League, and my second ever cyclocross race. Again we ended up in the suburbs, this time southern Bristol, on a wide open space sandwiched between a Gala Bingo and lots of houses …

Cyclocross, Tyres

Vittoria Cross XG Pro Folding Tyre – Review

When we bought our Kinesis Crosslight Pro3, we were given a set of used cyclocross tyres to get us on the trails, but it was quickly clear that the bike needed some new tyres. Cyclocross tyres aren’t cheap and there are certainly fewer of the ‘fire sale’ bargains that offer bucket-price road and mountain bike …