With the international cyclo-cross season now in full swing, and we take a look back at some of the picturesque moments so far. Photos from Graham Watson
As we head deeper into winter, the cyclo-cross season really gets into full swing. While professional road riders come out of a month or two off and start thinking about the coming season, cyclo-cross riders are already in peak form and tackling a succession of muddy, sandy and often freezing courses.
Cyclo-cross races are short and sharp, and are run on lap-based courses. It makes them ideal as a spectator event, and thousands regularly turn out to watch World Cup and Superprestige races in the ‘cross heartland of Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
It’s not only Europe that has enjoyed top-level ‘cross competition – the 2015/16 UCI World Cup season kicked off in Las Vegas, America, in mid-September. The event was run under floodlights, providing quite a spectacle.
The cyclo-cross season traditionally culminates in the World Championships, which this season takes place in Zolder, Belgium, over January 30-31.
We’ve put together a dozen great photos to give you a flavour of the ‘cross season so far.
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