If you’ve ever wished cycling had just a few more sandpits involved, cyclocross might be the sport for you. Cyclocross takes all the elements of cycling and adds a few unique twists.
So how does it work? Cyclocross consists of many laps of a short (1.5- to 2-mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and more. These obstacles require the rider to quickly dismount and carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and then remounting.
All of this to say, if you want to be successful at cyclocross, it is important to throw some running into your training. How much foot time you need depends on a number of factors, including how much running you generally need to do in your races; how good (or not) of a runner you already are; and how prone to injury you are while running.