Cross-country: "An individual or mass start competition
which is held on a circut course comprised of forest roads, forests or field trails
and unpaved dirt or gravel roads ( a minimal ammount of paved road may be necessary)."
Cross-country races are by far the most popular, at least here in
Minnesota. This is not my favorite kind of racing however. I prefer
Observed trials, downhill, and dual slalom. Cross-country events require
much better fittnes and often a racer must endure pain, especially on
uphills. Why do people do it? Well, if you are in excellent shape the
pain is minimal and it is fun somehow, but not as fun as others in my
Cross-country races in the midwest are usually 10 to 25 miles in length
depending on the class of the rider and are usually held at ski resorts,
thus there is a lot of hill climing involved.
|Course Length||8km-plus on first lap, 2.5km
|Climbing/lap||2470 m/lap 30.8% climbing|
|Flat or undulating||3280 m/lap 41%|
|Descending/lap||2250 m/lap 28.2%|
|Highest Point||220 metets|
|Finishing Height||20 meters|
|Expected Time||2 to 2.5 hours|
Looking for cross country races and results?
Go to my races page
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