Cross Is Here

BY KENNETH LUNDGREN

Cyclo-cross in America is becoming a bigger and bigger outlet for roadies and even mountain bikers. In Europe, it’s always been a mainstay, and I think it’s because cyclo-cross is an ideal winter activity for endurance athletes…

This fall and early-winter, as riders prepare, race, and peak for cyclo-cross events, I’m going to devote a lot of time completing and posting weekly training articles regarding this new-found avenue… In my opinion, cyclo-cross offers a plethora of pros while keeping training fun…

In the winter, riders should be working on developing leg strength, strengthening their aerobic engines, and hitting the occasional anaerobic effort. Well, cross does all three! If the weather is crappy for the road, it’s welcome on the cross courses! If you can’t get that 3h endurance ride, get out that cross bike! If you don’t FEEL like slogging through 2.5h on the trainer, head to your nearest cross event…

Many professionals who get paid to race on the road also race (I presume for free) during the winter on their cyclo-cross bikes because they see the benefit…

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon…

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Kenneth Lundgren's Diary | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | | |