Cyclocross racing is all about maintaining momentum. There will be obstacles, there will be tricky surfaces, and there will be people stumbling in front of you. All of these things may cause you to need to get off your bike, and knowing how to remount quickly could make all the difference to your result.
As well as being about momentum, by the way, cyclocross is also really good fun. It’s one of the most accessible forms of racing around, and the format of riders completing lap after lap until the time is up means unless you’re following closely (or keeping count on the timing board) it’s really hard to tell who is coming first or last.
We’re working with cyclocross coach Huw Williams to bring you video guides that will help you to master the essential cyclocross skills. First, of course, you probably want to learn how to dismount – so if you’ve not got that one sorted yet then check out this skills video to get you on the way.
When you’re ready to move on to remounts, then check out the video below and follow the tips underneath…
The stages, step by step
- For this skill it’s handy to remember to walk before you can run- take your time and practice makes perfect.
- Starting position. Place both hands on tops of the bars, with the bike on your right as you move forward.
- Momentum. Practice the technique at little more than walking pace to begin and build up to running, with experience.
- Keep your head up and eyes looking forward in order to maintain a straight line.
- Hop onto the saddle by launching off your left foot and swinging your right leg over the saddle. Aim to slide the inner thigh onto the saddle then twist from the waist into the riding position. You shouldn’t ‘jump’ onto the saddle, landing on it from a height, focus more on trying to slide onto the saddle.
- If the surface you’ve just been running on is muddy or has loose gravel, tap both shoes on the crank arms a couple of times to clear the cleats of any loose material before clipping in.
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