USA Cycling Set to Launch Indoor ‘Mud-Free’ ’Cross Series

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USA Cycling Rules and Rule Book, 2012 - Cyclocross, Road, Mountain BikeIn a move to attract new fans and sponsors, USA Cycling has announced plans for a series of mud-free and indoor cyclocross races.

The series, to be run prior to the traditional cyclocross season, will be mainly based on roads. “We found that going off-road was the main source of all the mud and icky stuff. If you stick to paved roads, there’s far less dirt that could get on your bike or clothes,” said Bill Peterson, President of USA Cycling. The governing body is also considering holding races indoors, on a wooden oval. “There are a number of logistical problems, not to mention a lack of infrastructure, but we’re putting all our weight behind this. It’s not like we have other things to worry about.”

This new type of racing has inspired much speculation amongst fans and experts. Neil Browne of VeloNews spoke exclusively to Cyclocross Magazine, revealing that the lack of mud might necessitate manufactures producing narrower tires with less tread, and could see cyclocross bikes with caliper brakes instead of cantilevers or disc brakes.

“Like any challenge, this will bring about innovation. I’m sure the sponsors will be happy that their logos will always be visible and never obscured by mud,” Browne continued.

 

 

 

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40 comments
Jarret Yount
Jarret Yount

April Fools is the only thing in the article that wasn't mentioned. Ride On Race Series

Rhys May
Rhys May

Adrian Hooper indoor. It's happening. Next, the quinoa.

Juan Mas
Juan Mas

I used to race bmx in early-mid 80's @ VFMA indoors in winter. Cold hard slippery concrete with rough plywood table tops and rollers. It was all we knew. But this, we should know better. It could be like WWE with fireworks and LOUD ROCK music!?

Scott Sampson
Scott Sampson

....is this a Joke????! or just how far out of touch the USA Cycling is wth the Cross scene......?

Michael L Ruder
Michael L Ruder

Indoor cx would be fine. Like Moto cx. Just pile dirt add some obstacles and sprinkle with water. Theater seating! Music bells!

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

Just imagine, we would already have the necessary license to race it too, with our all new all-in-one license! LOL! What's the date?

Joe Mallis
Joe Mallis

Neat. In other news USA Cycling has announced an affiliation with the Monster Truck series.

Greg Wright
Greg Wright

Fools, but if it were true, still fools.

Jeff Dawkins
Jeff Dawkins

mud free ????? I already play hockey . no mud there . what is this world comming to . mud is fun!

Matt Leonard
Matt Leonard

NOOOO!!!!! Don't let USA Cycling take over our Northern California cross series'.

seanwittmer
seanwittmer

They should require coaster brakes for better power slides while cornering!

Nathan Paul Masek
Nathan Paul Masek

Here in the SW we pray for mud and/or snow. This idea here seems lame to me.

Zac Chappell
Zac Chappell

I think it's time for the Indoor CX World Championships to be held at Ray's Indoor Bike Park.

Challenge Tires
Challenge Tires

Narrower tires with less tread, absolutely. We shall call it a Pista. It will be an instant hit!

Dmitri Keating
Dmitri Keating

What's the date today? I forget. Something about pranks?

Russell Clark
Russell Clark

as long as we're not talking about wooden jumps and half-pipes. leave that shit for the 12yr olds

Chad Rector
Chad Rector

Yes! There's an indoor CX series during the winter in Michigan that is run on an indoor BMX course set up in an old Meijer building and a lot of people really like it. I've been too lazy to make the trip but should've at least once by now. Nice thing about CX is it can be raced almost anywhere.

Ashley Fruhwirth
Ashley Fruhwirth

umm...mud is at least 50% of the reason CX is fun i thought...haha

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