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.