Cyclo-cross event at Rouken Glen, Scotland

This morning the Catswhiskers team attended a Cyclo-cross event at Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow, Scotland. This was a well-patronised event in one of Scotland’s most popular public parks. Participants were of both sexes and ages ranged from teenagers to forty years plus.

Winner of men’s event crosses the finishing line on foot.

As will be evident from the images and videos herein, the ground surface was wet and muddy although the event was not affected by rain.

Participants at Cyclo-cross event, Glasgow

Summary information on Cyclo-cross as sourced from the British Cycling website:


Multi-lap events usually lasting for an hour for senior riders, with shorter distances for other categories. At the end of the set time, a bell is rung signifying the last lap, known as the ‘bell lap’. Racing seldom sees large bunches forming due to the nature of the terrain, with groups of two or three riders forming at the most. Cyclo-cross is often a personal battle between the rider and the course, making it engaging for riders of all abilities.

Cyclo-cross course at Rouken Glen

Navigating obstacles


Cyclo-cross takes place in off-road venues such as public parks and other open spaces. Surfaces can include grass, mud, gravel and sand. Courses are short and winding, enabling multiple laps to be completed within a set distance. Courses often feature obstacles such as hurdles and sand pits, forcing riders to dismount and carry or run with their bikes. Some courses are more ‘technical’ than others, featuring tight single-track trails, tree roots and other obstacles.

Uphill section


Cyclo-cross bikes are from a distance, very similar to road bikes, with 700c wheels, rigid frames and forks and dropped handlebars. However, there are significant differences; Cyclo-cross bikes have wider knobbly tyres, slighter lower gearing, different frame geometry, more clearance for mud and either cantilever or disc brakes.

Video clips of the event are provided below.

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