Need a new challenge? Here's how I jumped into the world of cyclocross

After too long tirelessly toiling in the confines of his backyard shed, Steve Shrubshall looks to pastures new for a challenge with a fresh set of riding and fitness demands

Stephen Shrubshall trying out cyclocross

There’s a lot to be said for indoor training sessions. They tend to make you very fit. Each workout is precisely engineered and tailored to your specific demands. Whether you want to increase neuromuscular power, raise your anaerobic threshold, or simply become more efficient over longer distances, the turbo-trainer has got you covered.

However, after a winter, spring and the best part of summer grafting in the pain cave (AKA my garden shed), I was beginning to become a little bored with the view.

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Steve has been writing (mainly fitness features) for Cycling Weekly for 11 years. His current riding inclination is to go long on gravel bikes... which melds nicely with a love of carbs