Cyclocross is somewhat an odd sport. It is a bicycle-race but unique in that often courses deliberately and expectedly force riders off their bike. There are a few parallels...for example the winter olympic biathlon...but it would seem improper in an automobile race to have drivers get out and push a stretch or kite-surfers to swim a length or two.
Thus, images that truly exemplify cyclocross, and make a distinction from other forms of bicycle-racing, are those with the racer off their bike. There are, of course, other aspects that differ, such as the differences in bicycle-equipment. These can be a subtle unless the photograph zooms in and focuses on bike technology.
Barriers of any kind, then, become an important section of a race course to capture classic photographs of 'cross racing. A common obstacle is the plank barrier. The more creative course designers, and perhaps those with a wicked bent, find imaginative, challenging, and memorable obstructions. Here are a selection of photographs that capture a large part of the essence of cyclocross. Racers are shouldering their bikes or carrying them suitcase-style. Or, they are remounting after negotiating an obstacle.
Karen Brems (Team Rambuski Law) Carries on the Run-Up at Toro Park
Kateřina Nash (Luna) Remounts with Grace and Prowess
The Second Coming on a Cesspool of Filth
Ben Dodge (Rock Lobster) Remounting after the Plank Barriers
Janie Dalton (Missing Link) Battles Weather and Plank Barrier
Kristen Drumm and Katie 'Jay' Melena Up and Over the NorCal CX Belgium Farm Wall
A Long Sandy Beach at High Tide, BASP Coyote Point