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
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.