If you’ve ever kicked around the idea of racing, cyclo-cross (CX) is a great place to start. The competition is friendly, the crashes are slow and used bikes can be picked up reasonably (or races can be done on a mountain bike).

If you are interested in racing with the club, or are interested in skills sessions or mixed-surface training rides, or if you just want to find out more, then email our off-road secretary.

Check out the cyclo-cross race reports from some of our members to find out more about what it’s like.

If you want to learn a bit more about taking up cyclo-cross, then the presentation slides from our cyclo-cross-themed club night from October 2018 will tell you more.

Also, this article from is a good starting point – Everything you wanted to know about cyclo-cross but were too afraid to ask

British Cycling also have a cyclo-cross section on their website, with several videos demonstrating how to ride various types of terrain, how to carry and shoulder your bike, etc. Check it out.

The club is officially affiliated to the Wessex Cyclo-cross League.

Click here for a sampling of races in the area.