Autumn: nice weather for ducks. And cyclocross participants.
What was once a way to get Belgian road riders out of the house during the colder, wetter months, cyclocross has become the UK’s fastest-growing cycling genre. Part road race, part mountain-bike race, part not-even-being-on-a-bike race, it’s a bonkers scramble through mud dressed up as an actual sporting event. Learn more about it here (this much we ascertained: it involves cowbells).
Given that you’re grappling in waterlogged fields, you’re not necessarily going to want to ride your everyday commuter bike. And while this, the Vandeyk VDX, is built for the toughest conditions the sport can throw at it, you might find yourself loathed to ride it through a puddle, let alone plaster it in mud. (Just look at it.)
The company might sound like a Dutch master/house DJ; in fact, Vandeyk is a German boutique bike builder. The VDX is a collaboration with cyclocross authority Crema Cycles, handbuilt from steel, with your choice of cantilever or disc brakes.
And while it would be a shame to get it dirty — maybe it’s time to invest in a new bucket and sponge?
€3,450, by Vandeyk