Knobbly tyres and lots of mud… winter’s imminent arrival means cyclo-cross season is upon us.
With the roads covered in winter grime and the thought of hours on the turbo trainer hardly the most appealing, more and more roadies are turning to ‘cross to continue their season through the winter months.
But cyclo-cross doesn’t just mean an hour of eyeballs-out racing. There are plenty of cyclo-cross sportives to ride, too, with events ideal for anyone from seasoned ‘cross riders to those who have only just caught the ‘CX bug.
You don’t neccessarily need a cyclo-cross bike, either. These events are often ideal for adventure/gravel bikes, which have the tyre clearance and relaxed geometry ideal for off-road riding, but a turn of speed to make up ground on road sections.
You could also consider sticking wider tyres on your regular road bike for some events, or going the whole hog and riding a mountain bike for more extreme rides. Check out the route description on each ride to help make your decision on the bike you need.
So, without further ado, We’ve picked out six of the best to circle on the calendar…