Cyclo Cross Debuts on the Island

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Cyclo Cross is a sport within cycling that was born in the mid twentieth century and it consists in taking a certain number of turns within a closed circuit and generally in grassy, muddy grounds, general soil, “off road,” in some cases with obstacles on the route. Some races use a bit of pavement as part of the circuits, but these are exceptions. Cross Cycle was born primarily from the cyclist’s need to continue competing even in the “off season.”

That is why cyclo cross bikes are similar to road bikes. In many countries cross cyclo cross is practiced as something that is fun, not o competitive, and it is characterized a lot by its good vibes, camaraderie, spending good time together, and even in many races the use of beer instead of water at the oasis. But overall, cyclo cross is considered as another form of cycling and there are currently circuits around the globe and a World Championship. The first Cyclo Cross races in Puerto Rico were held late last year.

Mattheu Pourbaix, who recently moved to Puerto Rico, has dedicated himself to promoting and encouraging this sport on the island, since he practiced it in Miami where he used to live. He has managed to organize races in collaboration with different bicycle shops that have cooperated. Four races have been held on the Island The peculiarity of this modality is that because it is a short circuit, mostly 45 minutes long, it forces the athlete to go all out from the start.

Since the route in general is grass or mud it does not lend itself to running in groups (as in road cycling), so it is harder to keep up with the person in front. Add to that the fact that there are obstacles that can range from jumping logs to sand traps, rocks, climbing stairs, jumping puddles, among others. It is the closest thing you can have at Cross Country Athletics on a bicycle, hence the “Cyclo Cross” and “Cross Country.” Dare to experience this new modality and lifestyle.

 Specifications for Cyclo Cross Bikes:

  • The rims have tires that are slightly wider and with a more marked pattern for improved ground traction, especially on slippery soil or mud.
  • The brakes are cantilever type to prevent the brakes from filling with mud when traveling on muddy grounds.
  • The front fork has more separation than a road bike for the same reason, but unlike a MTB, it does not have suspension.
  • The pedal shaft is slightly higher to prevent the bicycle from hitting elevated obstacles.
  • The chain stays are longer and farther apart to make room for a slightly larger wheel and to avoid the accumulation of mud.
  • Mountain bike pedals are used.