Neil Webb – Online Editor

  • As if watching the young Mathieu van der Poel ragging a cross bike on the limit of traction wasn’t enough to make a grown man weep, we came across this little video on his Instagram feed.

    The current world […]

  • ThumbnailWith the cross season having drawn to a close, what do you do if tyou are after a bit of organised DirtyDropbarGoodness? Well, we mentioned that sportive organisers had started to cater to the more adventurous […]

  • ThumbnailThis weekend may be the traditional first Hallmark cards bonanza day for the cynics, but St Valentines day need not be all about slushy cards and overpriced roses as you – and your loved one should they be so […]

    • Just wondered if there’s going to an official update on this event? It looked like a really friendly event, exactly the sort of thing to get friends and families interested in the ‘muddy side’. Unfortunately as Valentine’s Day coincided with half-term this year we couldn’t make it, so holding out for next year.

  • editor replied to the topic Disc v Canti debate in the forum Bike 3 years ago

    My tuppence.
    New bike: discs
    Building from the ‘biscuit box’: wheel dependant – but err towards discs where possible.

    Discs weigh more. About:
    half a lap’s worth of mud,
    a mile or so of a gloopy bridleway,
    a ‘personal clearout’,
    an irrelevant anmount more if you have anything less than single figure fat percentages.

    basically, if you have the…[Read more]

  • editor replied to the topic Like a Tripster but not a Tripster? in the forum Bike 3 years ago

    The Norco Search’s would fit the bill it would seem. It was one of my personal stand out bikes from the hall wanderings at Eurobike and while only completes are available, the builds do seem to price up pretty well. We are lining one up for a test as we speak too, so….

  • editor wrote a new post, Video: Shimano at Cross worlds, on the site 3 years ago

    Shimano have been pumping out some great video’s from the cross races here, and this one from the world champs in Tabor last weekend is no different.

    For more […]

  • ThumbnailThis weekend saw the UCI Cyclo Cross World Championships take place in Tabor in the Czech Republic. It’s fair to say there was some amazing racing to be seen. Saturday saw the junior men and elite women, and the […]

  • ThumbnailCABCP: Worlds
    After a bit of a break, CAPCP is back with the latest updates from the Annual Stripey Jumper Quest, AKA the World Champs. Held this year in Tabor, it was an action packed weekend of racing.

    If […]

  • editor replied to the topic What bike for a total newbie in the forum Bike 3 years ago

    Hi Darren, welcome to the world of #dirtydropbargoodness,

    For the team the best things to focus on are the expensive things to change – and that goes for any bike, not just a crosser.

    Dont get distracted by extra shiny rear mech upgrades and the like, focus on the best frame you can get, alongside some good wheels. Both will have the…[Read more]

  • editor wrote a new post, Merlin Cross bikes break cover, on the site 3 years ago

    ThumbnailWell know as purveyors of value for money mountain and road bikes, the folks at Merlin have just released their first ever cyclocross bike – the X2.0

    Uk designed and Belgian made, the Euro roots will come out […]

  • ThumbnailCaminade Velo is not a well known name here in the UK, but they have just told us about a Gravel bike they are launching. We love a bit of Dirty Drop-bar Goodness here at, so we thought we’d share […]

  • We love the start line POV on this video, and it just gets more fun from there.

    Sit down with your morning coffee and get ready to feel like your part of the action.



  • ThumbnailReceived: Louis Garneau Defend Cycling Gloves

    Just in time for the cold weather these Defend gloves by Louis Garneau have just dropped in the Grit CX office. According to the blurb these are designed for the […]

  • editor wrote a new post, Received: Kinesis Tripster ATR, on the site 3 years ago

    ThumbnailReceived: Kinesis Tripster ATR

    Every now and again, a bike comes along that stops you dead in your tracks and makes you go “Wow! I want one!” Judging by the level of interest and genuine passion generated by […]

  • ThumbnailFor those living in the more seriously Northerly reaches of this fair isle, there is only one place to be come January the 4th, 2015. Organisers David Hamill and John McComisky have set up this year’s Pedal Power […]

  • ThumbnailChristmas may be a time of excess food for those of us who live in the real world. For the Cross racing superstars, it’s an exceptionally busy time of year, with Christmas Week in Belgium being stacked with high […]

  • ThumbnailWe missed out on last weeks action as our man Balint was away, but we’re back. This weeks instalment has action from the B-Post Trophy in Essen and the World Cup round the following day at Namur
    B-Post Trophy: […]

  • A cracking video of some dirty drop-bar goodness on the Mary Towneley Loop featuring Isla Rowntree, Scot Easter, Paul Oldham and Emma Osenton – with support from Bill Brady. Shot by Tim Royle.

  • editor replied to the topic Cannondale CAADX groupset decision in the forum Bike 3 years ago

    For my money – personal opinion, not the official opinion you understand, i’d make sure the BB was upgraded. If i could, i get more expensive shifters, as the internals stay nicer for longer. Other than that, the groupset generally just weighs more. Good cables help too.

    I’d spend the money on hubs, and get hand-built wheels made up with…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailEvent organisers CX Sportive has joined forces with online retail giant Wiggle to to launch their latest off road, cross sportive – The 100 mile Wiggle CX Century – The South Downs Way.

    We’re big fans of […]

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