WHAT IS THE CX FEVER?
They say that passion is a strong and uncontrollable emotion.
From the moment I jumped on a cyclocross bike and entered a first cyclocross race, I fell in love with the sport. With every additional cyclocross ride and every event I entered, my love for the sport kept growing… At some point, after a few years of riding and racing, I started feeling a weird, uncontrollable excitement every time I was thinking about cyclocross race. And I could never stop thinking about it.
It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly what makes me feel this way about cyclocross. It could be the sense of community that surrounds the sport, where everyone wants to help each other and everyone works together to make the sport better. Even if we turn ourselves inside out to beat one another during the CX race, once we cross the finish line, we know we couldn't do this if it wasn't for the others, so everyone embraces the competitive spirit and the fact that we all make each other better.
After all, we're just a bunch of weirdos who love to bring ourselves to exhaustion by riding circles in the mud.... Maybe that childish simplicity and pure joy is the beauty of it all! Photo Credit: Luke Batten
It could also be the festive and positive atmosphere that we find at a cyclocross venue; where no one judges and everyone is free to be completely themselves. Actually, being different is something sought after in cyclocross. Everyone is there to have a good time, cheer on the others, push themselves to find new limits, and once it's all said and done, laugh about it over a beer while watching the afternoon's races.
The actual racing is also very addictive to me. The CX races are short and super intense, so if you want to do well, you absolutely need to be 100% focused on the present moment during the race. All your senses need to be sharp. I love the feeling of shredding corners, the challenge to conquer a particularly difficult section, I love the tactical aspect of CX racing and I love that feeling of digging deeper than what you ever thought possible, just so you can hang on to one more position or make it up a very steep climb. Sometimes, when I'm nervous before a race, I just take a second to imagine myself riding on the course and all of a sudden, I naturally start smiling and the butterflies in my belly start flying in formation, rather than chaotically disturbing my stomach.