Unfortunately the Scottish Cyclocross Championships were cancelled at the weekend due to ice.
The senior race had been eagerly anticipated with a strong line up of riders. Cyclocross has grown rapidly over the last few years here in Scotland. The popular Scottish Cyclocross Series (SCX) is well run and the courses are great – especially this year. The cross scene has benefited from increasing media attention including the “Dig In!” series. The producers of “Dig In” also organise their own cross race (see promo video below) which will now be my next race.
I had planned to review the GT CX type Elite after
winning racing in the Scottish Champs on it but I’ll just have to give a wee run down on it before
If I was describing my first impression of the GT Bicycles Type CX Elite in one word, it would have to be solid. It feels very robust and has not struggled in any situations as of yet including taking it on some of my tamer mountain bikes routes. I would not describe it as an all out race CX bike however changing the wheels for race day has made a huge difference. I have also changed the finishing kit through personal preference even though the original saddle and bars were surprisingly comfortable. I needed a slightly longer stem and I have used bars that I really get on with and which I use on most my road/CX bikes. I have fitted a set of Mavic Crossmax SL 29er Mountain Bike Wheels for their amazing combination of light weight and strength. Schwalbe’s excellent Racing Ralph cross tyres are the business for the mud we get up here as they are fast rolling but clear quickly. I’m using a well used Fizik Arione saddle for comfort as the bike will be used for endurance rides on the road during harsher weather. The white tape is probably not the most sensible choice considering the typical conditions at this time of year but I wanted it to look pimp for the Champs!
The Champs are due to be rescheduled in the new year.