As August draws to a close...

Many people get cross. No, not all hot under the collar that another summer is soon to be over, but getting all cyclo cross.

Want to improve your bike handling over the damp months, keep your summer fitness through chillier times or just experience off road grins and muddy shins from behind a set of drop handlebars, make this autumn the one where you get addicted to CX.

Try it, love it, live it and wonder how you ever lived without it. A cyclo cross bike is quite possibly the greatest N+1 there is, a real all rounder in many forms or an out and out thoroughbred in others.

Lots of you may already have one, sitting unloved, bogged down with racks and guards and a weighty layer of permafilth, surviving as your daily commuter workhorse. Un-bolt the extras, treat it to some 35mm knobblies and let it show you what it's capable of.

It's probably the best way to ride a bike if you're short on time or long on excuses not to go out when the weather sucks. It's also a great way to get the best out of limited access to big ups and downs when you need to fit in a spin around work, family, chores, errands and real life.

Come and discover why you need to get cross.