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What is it about Cross?(15 posts)

What is it about Cross?superdreadnought
Oct 20, 2003 8:29 AM
I race MTB and Road. Why do I like cross so much more?
re: What is it about Cross?arctic hawk
Oct 20, 2003 9:13 AM
First, I am NO racer, not by any stretch of the imagination. I will be making my first attempt this weekend & will post my results on that. Should be quite the laugh!
As for your question, I think it's a bit of a few things. The bike can do it all, to a certain degree & depending ipon skill level as well. Reminds me when I was a kid, like all my friends, had that one bike which ran just about everywhere, trails, street, sand, mud, rain, shine... kind of get the message there.
As an adult, my time is limited by work, family, money, obligations, etc & play time is tough to come by. My bike gives me that time during the daily commute. I can hit a small trail on the way to & from work, time permitting of course. When needed, because I am late, I can speed along on merry way on the roads. If I come up on some professional looking guys out training, I will make my best Lance impersonation & try to keep pace with them, though that never really lasts too long.
There is also a certain coolness/distinctivness factor as well. The MTB & road guys will give me strange looks due to the knobby tires, drop bars, & bar cons, depending upon where I am & which type of riders I encounter. I can honestly say that there aren't to many CX bikes in Montreal & none that I have personally seen on the roads.

My $0.02.
Arctic Hawk
re: What is it about Cross?dlbcx
Oct 20, 2003 9:18 AM
Laidback atmonsphere. Not too many posers; they get filtered out by the second lap of the race and go home. Or the mud and the rain scare 'em off.
Most of the spectators are racers themselves so they appreciate what other racers are going through.
the pain, the sufferingweiwentg
Oct 20, 2003 9:31 AM
it's pure, simple, and spartan. check out my face of suffering:

how could any self-respecting masochist not love this sport?
the pain, the sufferingpawistik
Oct 20, 2003 10:27 AM
I scrolled through a few more of the pics at that site & judging by the varied grimaces I'd say that hill caused a lot of pain & suffering. (Except for that one guy who seemed to be out for a leisurely Sunday ride.)
Oct 20, 2003 4:00 PM
and just to give you an idea of the context in which that hill was raced, we did this: charge out the start gate, turn right, go up the hill, turn left and go down the hill, u-turn and go up an even steeper part of the hill (standing in a 38-25), turn left, go halfway down the hill and then go back up, then go back down, twisty course through the park plus a sandpit (and we had to do 2 u-turns IN the sandpit), cross 2 barriers, go up to that hill again, except that this time there are 2 barriers at the foot, so this time you probably have to run or carry your bike up, then descend, re-ascend, and re-descend the hill, and hit the finishing stretch after a bit of a trip through a gravel path.
so, we get out on a course designed by maniacs for maniacs, and put out 30 minutes to an hour of well-past-anaerobic threshold effort, with our heart rates over 90% of maximum the whole time, and having to think clearly enough (or not) to clear obstacles. we are truly crazy (or have Belgian ancestry ... I know I don't, though).
Oct 21, 2003 5:36 AM
That pictures was from the Tailwind Monroe race. I missed that one. From the sounds of it, I should have gone! I always miss the good ones...
Oct 22, 2003 5:16 AM
Hey, I'm from Michigan too. Not much of a cross racer, but maybe I'll see you guys out there.
It's pureCoolhand
Oct 20, 2003 9:54 AM
Great community, hard riding, intense but fan races and the technology is pretty low tech and accessible.

Also the short season keeps people from burning out on it. Just when you are sick of the road, boom its cross season.

Also, I think it is the touch of absurbity it takes to race cross in the first place.

re: What is it about Cross?swimbikerunjump
Oct 20, 2003 11:53 AM
Cause your crazy like the rest of us??? After sundays race I then rushed up north for a 2 1/2 hour ride on technical single track on the cross bike. Its amazing how so many mountain bikers now know what a cross bike is (I almost lost my bike to someone who tried it out).
You can't "ride" cross...Frank Tuesday
Oct 20, 2003 5:31 PM
you have to race cross. You can take your mountain bike out for a spin without racing and achieve the same level of entertainment. You can go out for a road ride. But where is the incentive to come screaming off of the road, onto the grass, hanging off the side of your bike at 20mph, grab a handful of brake, pick your bike up and start running, constantly on the verge of falling over forward headfirst into a barrier because your legs can't quite keep up, only to hop back on the bike at the last possible second and ride away if you aren't racing the guy next to you?

true, but you could ride crossDRESSED ;-) (nm)anaerobic Max
Oct 20, 2003 10:27 PM
true, but you could ride crossDRESSED ;-)pawistik
Oct 22, 2003 8:21 AM
Here in Saskatoon about 3 weeks ago they had the "Diva Cross" cyclocross race. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men. Time bonuses were awarded for the best dressed, and penalties for those who didn't cross-dress. Lots of wigs were flowing out the back of helmets, a certain amount of fishnet stockings, and one woman was wearing white men's brief's over her cycling shorts. Too bad they don't have some pictures posted.
love it. great description. don't forget aboutJS Haiku Shop
Oct 22, 2003 6:24 AM
racing on the verge of projectile vomiting and blacking-out. that's as important to the fun factor as "hanging off the side of your bike at 20mph".

great description.
a story...matt friedman
Oct 22, 2003 9:04 AM
I was at my LBS a few weeks ago, and one of the members of the shop's road team, who happens to be nicknamed "the sadist" for the amount of pain he can both inflict and take [nice guy actually, and an amazing athlete who rides like a machine] asks if I've been riding much.

"Just training," I say. "I had my first race of the season yesterday."

"Race?" The sadist says. "You mean you do cyclo-cross? Geez, you're crazy."

Uh huh. We're crazy.

It's a completely demented sport. But so much fun.