MORE than 200 two-wheel enthusiasts descended on Dunfermline at the weekend as cyclocross made a muddy-good and long-awaited return.

The grounds of Fife College played host to Scottish Cyclocross' 'Return to Racing' event, organised by a team of local cyclists, as competitors raced on grass, mud, tarmac and gravel while completing as many laps as possible within the given race time.

An off-road sport, cyclocross takes place on a variety of surfaces and its courses often feature obstacles such as hurdles and sandpits, forcing riders to dismount and carry, or run, with their bikes, while more technical courses can include tight, single-track trails, tree roots and other challenges.

Supported by Leslie Bike Shop Ltd, the event – which had lower numbers than pre-COVID – included open events of varying lengths, no pits and races that incorporated a juniors event, an open race and a students' competition, which was part of this year's Scottish Students Cyclocross Championships.

Event organiser Paul Davies said: "It was great to see so many friends in the cyclocross community catching up and competing again after the long break caused by the pandemic.

"Cyclocross is a really fun event, a brilliant way to get outdoors and a great way to start cycle racing.

“Over 200 people entered the event, and many of the cyclists I spoke to were really excited to be back racing and really enjoyed the challenges of the muddy course.

"Huge thanks go to Fife College for allowing us to use their grounds to host the race. It's a big commitment to make and without the support of the Fife College team this event simply wouldn't have been possible."

Tam Cunningham, estates manager at Fife College, added: "We were really pleased to be able to welcome Scottish Cyclocross back to our campus this year.

"It was slightly different to usual with the COVID-19 protocols that were in place but we're glad everyone was able to have a good time.

"At Fife College, we're always happy to play our part in the local community, and to help out groups such as this.

"Cyclocross is a great activity and, hopefully, events like this encourage more people in Fife to get involved."