Cyclocross is perhaps the most accessible and enjoyable forms of cyclesport.

Traditionally an autumn and winter sport, it's roots are unclear but it's a major sport in some European countries and currently enjoying a boom in the USA.

Races are fast, furious and muddy. Normally lasting around hour, a typical race will take short laps of singletrack, grass, tarmac and hurdles or a short running section. Although less technical than XC mountain biking, the courses used in the Scottish series are a stern test of rider's abilities.

The courses tend to favour cyclocross bikes, but many racers ride mountain bikes and these are welcome at all SCX rounds, including the championships.