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Jo Burt takes a cyclocross novice through the need to know bits of 'cross racing...

Mud, cowbells, beer, more mud… It’s cyclocross season and it’s time for you to get amongst it. Here’s how....

Our man Jo Burt or as he's know in these parts, Vecchiojo, is a cyclocross old hand. He’s been at it years, man and boy. A dedicated mud-plugger.

Our man Mat, on the other hand: never been on a cyclocross bike in his life. Well, that’s not quite true. He did once. In 1997. On some bone-dry bridleways. But that doesn’t count. We thought it would be funny, sorry, instructive for Jo to show him how it’s done.

So we waited for a rainy day – these things are best done on rainy days – and sent the pair of them off to the top of the biggest hill in Bath to run through the basic skills. And, of course, we filmed it so that you can learn ’em too.

Getting off your bike is easy. Getting off quickly and smoothly and not falling on your face in the process – that’s a bit more tricky. Watch the vid and Jo will you how it’s done… the getting off quicly and smoothly that is.

Getting your bike up on your shoulder and running with it… well, they didn’t teach you that when you were doing your Cycling Proficiency Test, did they? Fear not. That's covered here too.

Jumping over obstacles while you’re carrying your bike? Getting back in the saddle without slipping in the mud or losing any speed? Hmm! Those are quite difficult techniques… But not if you follow Jo’s advice. That boy is so fluid it’s a delight to behold.

So sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the show.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.