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Mt. Bikes in Cross Races.... Yes or No?(5 posts)

Mt. Bikes in Cross Races.... Yes or No?Redfishblufish
Dec 23, 2003 10:02 AM
An unknown rider wins 35+ category in the Va Champ. last Sat.

No big deal but he was on a Mt. Bike......

Advantage or not...

Should Mt.Bikes be allowed in Cross races?
Dec 23, 2003 11:06 AM
First off, cyclocross is this country is still in the development phase and the key should be on fostering participation. Mountain bikes (and road bikes for that matter) are allowed in all categories except UCI Elite races. This is a good thing, as not everyone has the disposable income to run out and buy a cross bike that they might race a couple times a year.

The second issue has to do with what constitutes a cyclocross course. Gone (and hopefully for good) are the days of quasi-mountain bike courses being accepted as a cyclocross race. Cyclocross is not road riding on dirt and it's not mountain biking without roots and logs. It is its own unique sport that deserves to be treated as such. The course on Saturday was a perfect example of how to make a difficult race that required both fitness and skill to come out on top. Would a mtb be considered an unfair advantage on Saturday's course? No way. The person that won did so because he was the faster rider that day, it had nothing to do with the bike.
re: Mt. Bikes in Cross Races.... Yes or No?Reneec
Dec 23, 2003 11:21 AM
I don't see what the problem is. If the course is a cyclocross course and someone can win on a mtn bike then good for them.

I think allowing mtn bikes is good for the sport. I started racing cross on my mtn bike because I didn't own a cross bike. The beg/int women's races I did this season were often all women on mtn bikes. I probably wouldn't have started racing if I'd had to somehow get a cross bike together before I could do a race.

that guy was just fast!cbass
Dec 23, 2003 11:31 AM
the course certainly didn't favor a mountain bike...if anything i think a mtb with its wider, less aero profile would have been a disadvantage. that guy was impressive.
my guess is that he used excellent mtb skills to handle the slippery turns at speed. he also had the speed to stay away on the fast, flat sections.

i think people should ride whatever they want in a cross long as they are racing cross. i believe that once they've tried it they'll love it and eventually get a cross specific bike.
He's not Heavy... he's my Friend!!Redfishblufish
Dec 24, 2003 8:02 AM
Thanks for comments...I agree.

The guy who won is a road racer....

We talked him into buying a mt. bike to cross train...

Now we wants to race more Cross and even some races...

Look out in 2004 ...Thanks again for the comments Happy Holidays!