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A form of competitive cycling on off-road terrain.

Example usage: 'I'm going to compete in cross-racing next weekend.'

Most used in: Europe, North America, and Australia.

Most used by: Cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Cyclocross, Mountain Bike Cross-Country, CX Racing, Track Cross-Country,


What is Cross-Racing?

Cross-racing is a form of competitive cycling that consists of a series of races on a closed circuit. The course typically includes a variety of terrain and obstacles including sand, dirt, and mud. Cross-racing is often referred to as cyclo-cross, which is derived from the French term for bicycle racing.

The main goal of cross-racing is to complete the course as quickly as possible while navigating the various terrain and obstacles. Riders may choose to use a mountain bike, cyclo-cross bike, or even a road bike depending on the course. The races are typically held over a short distance and are often completed in less than an hour.

Cross-racing has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more than 10,000 riders competing in the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in 2018-2019. The sport is especially popular in Europe, where more than 3 million people participated in cyclo-cross races in 2018. In the United States, the sport is growing in popularity as well, with the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships attracting more than 1,500 riders in 2019.

Cross-racing is a great way for cyclists to challenge themselves and test their skills on a variety of terrain. The short races are also an exciting way to get involved in competitive cycling without having to commit to long-distance events. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, cross-racing is a great way to get involved in the cycling community.


The Origin of the Term 'Cross-Racing' in Cycling

The term 'cross-racing' was first used in cycling in the late 19th century in Belgium. It was used to describe a form of bicycle racing on a combination of terrain, such as dirt roads, grass, mud, and sand. The original purpose of cross-racing was to prepare cyclists for the upcoming road racing season.

The first official cross-racing event was held in 1901 in the town of Oudenaarde in Belgium. This event is known as the 'Oudenaarde Vlaamse Wielrijdersbond Cross' and is still held annually. The race was popularized in the 1920s by the Flandrian cyclist Alfons Schepers, who would go on to win the race eight times.

Cross-racing has since grown in popularity and is now a major part of the cycling world. The sport is now practiced in many countries around the world, with some national championships being held in Europe, North America, and Asia. It is also a popular event at the Olympic Games.

Cross-racing is an exciting and challenging sport that requires a combination of technical skill and physical endurance. It is a great way to stay in shape and prepare for the road racing season.

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