I'm participating in my first ever bike race this weekend. It's a cyclocross race, and I'm riding a full suspension mountain bike, because I started looking into races late this season and a fully is what I've got. Is there anything specific to know/look out for since I'm not riding a cyclocross bike? Thanks!

  • My first this weekend too. It should say on the info sheet if they allow mountain bikes. – paparazzo Oct 28 '14 at 21:46
  • It said that they only allowed bikes with tires smaller than 33mm, but I emailed the organizer and he said that was only for the pro race, so I'm good. Good luck! – TheAtomicGoose Oct 29 '14 at 0:23

Many first time cross racers use a mountain bike. It makes perfect sense, don't go out and spend $1500+ before you even know whether cyclocross is your cup of tea. Most all races allow mountain bikes, the only type of equipment that's usually forbidden is a fixed gear.

A full suspension mountain bike will do just fine as an introductory race vehicle. Your primary setback is that it's heavier than a cross bike, so it will slow you down when carrying it up a steep incline, or carrying it over the barriers, etc. But, those beefy ( and heavy ) tires might carry you through the mud quite nicely, maybe even putting you at somewhat of an advantage in a muddy beginners race.

Just be friendly and courteous out on the course, cyclocross is about having fun.

  • Ok, thanks! Yeah, I have 2.25" tires...those should do pretty well in mud. It should be a lot of fun. – TheAtomicGoose Oct 29 '14 at 0:23
  • Worth noting mountain bikes used in USAC sanctioned CX races cannot have bar ends installed on them (rule 1I1d.) – Glenn Stevens Oct 29 '14 at 6:04

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