Here at Cycling Weekly we’ve recently been reminiscing about the good old days of cyclo-cross. Back then – before the UCI went nuts with its tape measures and rulebook – courses would include river crossings, fallen trees and whatever other obstacle happened to be available.

It seems quite a few people share our fondness for old fashioned cross. Included amongst them is Philippe Maertens, Radioshack Press Officer and self-confessed cyclo-cross fanatic. He just dropped us a link to this gem of a You Tube clip – as did a reader called Sterv.

We’re not sure exactly where this retro cyclo-cross film comes from (somewhere in the North East) but we know the chap in red making the Le Mans style start was manager of Tescos at Kingston Park!

Sit back, turn up the chuckling commentators and enjoy the thrills and spills of cyclo-cross at its best.

Is cross going soft?