Cyclocross races take place on short laps over mixed terrain, often involving grass, gravel, and plenty of mud. Riders complete as many laps as they can within a 40 – 60 minute time limit. Cross bikes have drop handlebars and knobbly tyres, but in local races you can ride any off-road bike. The racing season is autumn and winter, so it’s great for keeping motivation and fitness up during the dark months. Check out some of the pro-riders who use it to hone their bike-handling and for that short, sharp winter workout.

Penge CC has a growing group of cross racers who compete in the London & South-East League. Most of us are new to the discipline and several who decided to give it a go despite having no off-road experience were instantly hooked! The cross scene is very friendly and it’s probably the most accessible type of racing you can do.

There’s a separate Penge Cyclocross Club group on Facebook where off-road rides and race logistics are organised. Keep an eye on that page for details of coached skills sessions that are free for members.

We’ve even got a fleet of 3 cyclocross bikes our members can hire if you want you give it a try before you buy a cyclocross-specific bike.