Three of our most serious cyclists, Reuben, Josh and Joe, took on the Cross Prestige in Manchester on three very different bikes: a conventional ‘crosser, a singlespeed hardtail MTB, and a top-of-the-range XC race hardtail with gears.
The Cross Prestige is a chilled-out cyclocross sportive with a real mixture of terrain. Most riders do it on a CX bike, but is that really the best option? Find out how our gang of three got on.
Find out which of our intrepid riders fared best at the Cross Prestige Manchester
Matthew is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Trek's lovely aluminium Emonda ALR and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.