This chapter summary offers a short overview of what you can expect to find in the book.
Race announcer Richard Fries gives some context for cyclocross over the years.
Patrick O’Grady weighs in as a cyclocrossaholic.
The author gives a short history lesson of the sport and why it can be a great alternative for both the roadie and the mountain bike racer.
1 Getting Started
Learn the basics, like how to join a club, find a race in your area, convert a bike for cyclocross, acquire a coach, and plan your season.
What to look for when shopping for—or building—the perfect ‘cross bike, how to take care of your equipment, and clothing and gear you’ll need.
3 Techniques and Tactics
Learn the techniques for dismounting and remounting, running with the bike, picking up the bike, cornering, climbing, descending, bunny-hopping, and other techniques for special course conditions.
4 Training Basics
Some training principles to help you plan and prepare for your training season.
5 Training Components
Insight into indoor trainers, when and how to start outdoor training, a quick guide to weight and strength training, effective stretching, and rest and recovery.
Race preparation with meal tips, a race-day checklist, what to expect at different parts of the race, and post-race guidance.
7 The Role of the Mechanic
Tips for your pit crew and the equipment they’ll need, including mechanic must-haves and how to set up the pit area.
8 Looking after Yourself
How to avoid and overcome injury and illness, and the importance of good nutrition and hydration.
9 Cyclocross International
Read up on the sport of cyclocross internationally with some key players and world championship results.
About the Author
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Cyclocross Training and Technique will help you improve your skills, plan your training season, and choose the best equipment for cycling’s most exciting and technical sport.