Advice needed for newbie!!!
Hi all, i race bmx and 4x in the summer months but in the winter there isnt much happening. Cross looks like the ideal winter sport for me! so here are my questions!
Firstly, i have a specialized sirrus hybrid road bike, how much would i need to adapt this to make a good cross bike or is the geometry all wrong on it? secondly, what is cross like for beginners? i wouldnt even know what would be best to wear or what to expect!! and lastly, what is there in northamptonshire? im based in Kettering but m able to get around and dont mind traveling, i travel country wide for my bmx!!! all advice and help appreciated
Haha, no John, I cant dance, or sing.....then maybe that makes me him, but no, i am a her. No camp disco here im afraid!!!
Its good to hear that from your experience most people are friendly, i've always found that at 4x/bmx events too, it must be a cycling thing!!! I think i probably will just get out and do it once the bmx season is over, i think my main concern is are carbon road forks and 700c wheels going to be strong enough! obviously they wont be used in quite the same way i'd jump my bmx etc, but they aren't exactly confidence inspiring!!! still, whats the worst that can happen eh!
You wont see me in lycra though! Although i compete on a regular basis, i am no supermodel..! glad that baggies and t shirts arent frowned upon!!
So now, i just need to find something around the northamptonshire area for me to do!!
thanks again for the reply John
Hi Helen (and Brian if you're reading)
Live in Rushden myself and whilst I'm new to this site and the idea of Cyclocross have found a few things which may be of interest around Northants:
Plumz Buster - have entered for this as it's non-competitive - 25 mile or 45 mile route around east Northants - suitable for both MTB and Cyclocross bikes
Welland Valley CC - Website says they are active in Road, Cyclocross and MTB- based Leics ,Northants in Mkt Harboro area so just down the road from you
Wadenhoe Quadmire challenge series -part of the series is dualthon so whilst not Cyclocross it's in Northants and involves Off-road cycle racing/ running. A mate did it last year and said it's suitable for MTB and Cyclocross bikes and whilst there is running involved people of all ability take part, so may be giving it a go.
Not sure if any of these are things you are looking for but they might lead you on to something you're after (would be grateful if you could let me know if you do find anything else local).
If you decide to have a go at the Plumz Buster I may see you there (I'll be the one bring up the rear).
Hi Brian, thanks for both posts - will check out the web link. Would be grateful if you could let me know how you get on with CX in Kettering and training in MK - if you go along. I mainly got back in to cycling last year to lose weight and get a bit of fitness back (being 41 things have a habit of catching up with you, especially around the waist line) so realistically I couldn't get involved in anything too serious.
Good luck with the Triathlon at the weekend and I'll let you know about the plumbuster.
Lee, how did it go? - The route looked good, I have downloaded it for possible future training...
I had an Awful triathlon but lets not discuss that here.
The training last Wednesday was GREAT. I learned to mount/port/remount and lots of good (basic) offroad riding skills - I am going again tonight and I will be entering the race at Kettering on the 9th October.
For the record I am 46, and I took this lot up in 2005 for similar reasons to yourself - so keep at it, you will have some fun!