I participated in my first cyclocross race over the weekend. The first lap was a bit of a train wreck, but I managed to end up on the podium in the end, had a fantastic time, and am now officially hooked. After all, what can be better than mud, donuts, bikes, and beer–all during the course of a 45 minute race.
To prepare for my first race, I studied a bunch of how to videos then went down to the local park and practiced. A lot. For those of you interested in trying the sport, here are some videos to help you get started. My favorite instructional videos by far and away come from the guys at GCN.
The Basics of Bike Setup and Bike Handling
How To Mount and Dismount Your Bike
How To Ride Through Sand
How to Train For Cyclocross