FAQ: What’s the History of Cyclocross?
Here, Page takes an early lead ahead of Berden, Krugoff. Elite Men, 2013 Raleigh Midsummer Night’s race. © Cyclocross Magazine
Originating in Belgium, cyclocross has deep roots in neighboring European countries like France and the Netherlands.
For an in-depth history of ’cross in America, Issues 6 and 15 are a great place to start. We hope to see the American ’cross scene one day rival that of Europe, where it has become a major spectator sport. For instance, the 2012 World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium, drew a reported 60,000 fans, while the Louisville World Championships only brought in 10,000. Bring friends and family to the races and help the popularity grow!
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