There are many stories about the origins of cyclo-cross. One is that European road racers in the early 1900s would race each other to the next town over and they were allowed to cut through farmer's fields, go over fences or take any other shortcuts in order to make it to the next town first. This was sometimes called steeple chase as the only visible landmark in the next town was often the steeple.
This was type of cycling was a way to stay in shape during the winter months and it put a twist on road racing. In addition, riding off road in more difficult conditions increased the intensity at which the cyclists were riding and improved their on-the-road bike handling abilities. Daniel Gousseau of France is credited with inspiring the first cyclo-cross races and organizing the first French National Championship in 1902. Geo Lefevre, the originator of the idea for the Tour de France, also played a key role in the early days of the sport.
Cyclo-cross proved itself as a sport extending beyond the boundaries of France when in 1924 the first international race, Le Criterium International de Cross-Country Cyclo-Pedestre, was held in Paris. Like many international cycle sports, cyclo-cross is administered by the Union Cycliste Internationale; although it wasn't until the 1940s, around 40 years after cyclo-cross' inception, that the UCI began its regulation and the first world championship was held in Paris in 1950.
Cyclo-cross become popular in the US in the 1970s and in 1975 the first race was held in New England. The first US National Championship was held in Berkeley, CA. The Surf City race series held in Santa Cruz, CA holds a lot of history of cyclo-cross in the US.
Retro cycling T-shirts are made of:
Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Greenwich T-Shirt
- - Pre-shrunk 100% Combed Ring-spun Cotton, 4.2 oz.
- - Body conscious jersey is tailored for a custom contoured fit.
- - Super soft 30 single baby jersey knit.
- - Cover-stitched collar and hemmed sleeves.
- - Double-needle stitched sleeve and bottom hem.
- - Screen printed in the USA.
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