Question: what is considered to be the fastest growing cycling discipline in the US? Answer: on a recent Sunday afternoon-a lovely Sunday afternoon-R & D could be found at the Cleveland Velodrome in Slavic Village, watching Cyclo- Cross. A Cyclo-Cross race to be exact. The race didn’t involve the velodrome-the course was laid out in the lots adjacent to the site of the Velodrome.
The rock and roll music, cow bells and cheering crowds competed with the sounds of the city in the background. Costumes were encouraged for this race due to its proximity to Halloween. While a few riders were in costume the costumes showed wear and tear by race end. Most riders sported regular cycling gear.
This is a sport that takes place in the fall and winter months, and goes on rain, snow or shine. But, the courses are short with a length of generally around a mile or two in length. The events are separated by rider experience and you can use just about any bike. However no bar ends on your handlebars and skinny road bike tires are not recommended for the course. USA Cycling has an great article about cyclo-cross racing if you want to try out this sport.