Is There an Etiquette in Cyclocross Racing?

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Etiquette in Cambodia by Augapfel on flickr

Does a cyclocross race need such a sign? (Cambodian toilet etiquette by Augapfel on flickr)

Many road racers turn to cyclocross because it has less emphasis on etiquette and teamwork, isn’t pack-focused and is very welcoming to all abilities. Yet many hardcore cyclocrossers still maintain there is an etiquette racers should follow.

Is there an etiquette in cyclocross? If so, what makes proper etiquette in your mind, beyond yielding to riders who are lapping you?

We touched on this topic in Issue 11 of Cyclocross Magazine in print in our well-loved “Rubbin’ is Racing” article, but one beginner wants to know your thoughts on this topic, and we’re curious too. Think etiquette is only for skinny-tire pavement racing events? Did you learn your etiquette the hard way when you were starting to race? Or have a pet peeve that beginners should avoid? Or think the beauty of cyclocross is that anything goes?

Chime in on this topic in our cyclocross-dedicated forums here.



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Chris Fly
Chris Fly

well, being a total noob to cx the last couple seasons, I'll say this... don't try to be at the front for the start if you know you'll get blown out the first 1/2 lap anyway... obviously stay outta the way of the faster riders, but keep competitive (I think that builds respect)... if you know someone down and you don't have a chance to win anyway, at least apologize before you move on and maybe even help them up...

that's about all I can think of from my view from the back...



The most important rule of 'cross etiquette is: always take the beer handup. This keeps the spectators involved, excites them to cheer for you, and establishes a relationship that involves additional beer handups. All very positive.

And if anyone offers you a BBQ chicken handup, politely decline.

Greg Atchison
Greg Atchison

Gotta concur with both Eric T. and John D. I crashed hard in a CX race last Oct and got pretty beat up. Unfortunately, the guy behind me ran over and tacoed my practically new DT Swiss rear wheel. I healed, but wheel, at least the rim, now resides in a trash site somewhere. As far as courtesy and watching out for others, I find cross is the best at honoring these virtues. That is a key reason why I am far more committed to the cross scene now that the road scene.

John D
John D

I have found that 95% or more of the riders are courteous and watching out for others on the course. This is a far higher percentage than in the general public. It is one of the major attractions to CX racing for me. It is a lot better for example than the drive to and from the race on public roads. Since it is widely acknowledged that 5% of the public have mental problems - my 95%+ observation says we have a top rung sport. Heck, I may be the 5 percenter.

Eric Theviking
Eric Theviking

Point of etiquette from the London League, UK ..
If someone falls in front of you always ride over them, not their bike.
Bike are expensive & harder to repair...

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