When is it too cold to race cyclo-cross?

Cyclo-cross is a discipline that prides itself on its willingness to stare down at bad weather with abandon; be it torrential rain, hurricane-force winds, heaps of snow, treacherous ice or bitterly cold temperatures. In the hard world of cyclo-cross, the worse the conditions, the more epic the racing will be. But can that ethos go too far?

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.