Cyclocross sea­son is upon us! Check out this awe­some video of guys that are most cer­tain­ly more badass than you are. Watch as they huck their bikes and them­selves into swift-run­ning rivers, tum­ble down grassy slopes, and push to their phys­i­cal lim­its, all the while rac­ing on old school rigs that could­n’t weigh-in at less than 50 lbs. apiece. The com­men­tary is top-notch too, and as they heck­le and jeer the rac­ers on, you’ll be count­ing your lucky stars that your local week­end race pro­mot­er takes pity on you and does­n’t design cours­es near­ly as treach­er­ous as this one. 

While The Clym­b’s cyclocross team has com­pet­ed in 7 races so far this sea­son, the Cross Cru­sade series has been their pri­ma­ry focus. The first race in the series took place this past Sun­day at Alpen­rose Dairy in Port­land. Our own Ian (below) placed 10th in the sin­gle­speed category.

We’d like to thank Castel­li for such amaz­ing kits. You can pur­chase them here.

We start­ed a com­pa­ny cyclocross team a few weeks ago and two things are already appar­ent: we aren’t that seri­ous and we aren’t that good. But cyclocross sea­son is six months away and with enough work, we may stand a chance as com­peti­tors. After only a cou­ple of weeks of train­ing, we’ve already learned some lessons that will prove invalu­able on the mud­dy cours­es this fall. We’ve also learned a lot about each oth­er, which is to be expect­ed when attempt­ing to start a work cyclocross team, which I don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly recommend.

In hon­or of Nation­al Bike Month, I thought I’d share the top 5 rea­sons why you might want to avoid start­ing a com­pa­ny-spon­sored cross team.

1. Wear­ing mud­dy span­dex around the office makes col­leagues feel uncomfortable.

2. Peo­ple who are try­ing to focus on real work are averse to the sound of cowbells.

3. The boss is not quite sure how to take it when you elbow him out of the way to get to the water cool­er first.

4. Beer hand-ups dur­ing lunchtime train­ing rides is not con­doned by man­age­ment.

5. The tech team quick­ly tires of clean­ing french fry grease and may­on­naise out of your keyboard.