How To Shoulder & Run With Your Cyclocross Bike | CX Skills

How To Shoulder & Run With Your Cyclocross Bike | CX Skills

One of the most important cyclocross skills is how to get off the bike and start running with it. Shouldering your CX bike sounds easy but actually requires learning the right technique in order to maintain momentum and speed in a race. Jeremy Powers shows you the three common methods and shares some pointers for getting them right.

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an essential cross skill is how to get the bike up onto your shoulder and start running with it we've already talked in an earlier video about how to dismount get off the bike and get on the bike but today's video is give you all about how to get the bike up on your shoulder and run with it before we get off the bike though number one thing you have to think about that I said in so many times over the years is what gear am I going to be in whether you're going underneath something over something off camber literally anytime you're getting off your bike you want to be thinking about what's coming up next and that is long before you get off your bike what gear do I need to be in so let me give you guys a lay of the land we come off this section and we come up to here and there's this really steep sandy uphill section it is hard this is our local training loop and I can barely ride this one I'm fresh as a daisy so eight laps into your race or your training race or your training session it's going to be super hard so I always say if you can't read something ten out of ten times then you probably shouldn't even try so it makes more sense every single lap to come down this section think about what gear I need to be in and then just assume that I'm gonna be running this okay gear selection got it wrote it down you know the lay of the land you know you're getting yourself into make sure you plan all that all right so how the heck do I actually get the bike up onto my shoulder so there are two different ways to be able to get the bike up onto your shoulder start off with number one left hand on the left shifter right hand about three-quarters of the way up on the down tube so about right here then you just want to be lifting the bike up onto your shoulder the second way is what I call the Bart Whelan's flick meaning Bart wall is used to always take the bike and just flick it onto his shoulder then he would start running back in the day I always used to look at him what the heck is he going on because he'd be running and the bike would be flying in the air and he'd have it on his shoulder and he'd be gone just like that so the Bart Wallens flick is when you take your hand and you actually twist it around so typically when you're getting off your bike you've kind of got your hand here you've got this here you've got your hip attached to your saddle and you're going into a barrier or whatever all that gets thrown out the window at the Bart Wolens flick you get off the bike you're running with it and then you twist your hand like this and you throw the bike up and you throw it up onto your shoulder like that the worst part about the Bart Whelan's flick that can get you into trouble is if you hit your funny bone traditionally the smaller cross frames and bikes that aren't shaped with this sort of high sloping tube here at the back they can allow you if you're too high on it to hit your funny bone on that down tube and it really really is not funny so now that we've got the bike up on our shoulder and it's nice and balanced we're gonna talk about the different ways that you can run with it so once you've got it up onto your shoulder there's two different ways that you'll be able to run with the bike one is the traditional way that I always personally used to do and that is where you turn the front tire after you get the bike up on your shoulder you kind of open what I call a door here with that front tire to be able to let your arm freely go through there if it's closed well you guys can see it's it's not able to get your arm through there so you got to open that up a little bit and then you grab the lowest part of the bar here and then you're able to be in a nice kind of like Spartan position where you're running with the bike so the other way that riders like to typically do is they take their hand and they put it around the front and then they grab this top part of the shifter here the hood and then they roll until like that a lot of bigger riders like this because they've got those really long arms smaller riders again all personal preference but the main thing is that you practice each of them and you figure out which one works best for you and your body type and the bike that you're using okay so something else that I want to talk to you guys about is getting off and carrying your speed before you even get the bike up onto your shoulder the last thing that you want to do is lose all of your momentum by stopping right on the hill so let me show you exactly what I'm talking about you try to ride this section carrying some speed and then you get here and you can't make it and you have to stop you've lost a ton of time you should have started running with the bike down there carrying your speed carrying your momentum and knowing exactly the moment that you're gonna get off the bike start running with it not try to make it halfway up the hill lose a bunch of time get all discombobulated have someone run into the back ear don't do that get off down at the bottom run with the bike carry your speed new momentum up to the top so one more important thing to think about is making sure that you've got short little pitter-patter feet you want to be trying to take long crazy big steps and losing your traction obviously taller riders no problem doing that but shorter riders nice small steps to be able to get traction consistently in a similar motion to your pedal stroke is what I recommend quick feet short steps now I need to think about how I'm gonna get the bike back down it's the left hand on the left shifter right hand comes out hits three quarters lay down the down two now I slide the bike down my arm right hand goes on the right shifter one two three hit that inside of my leg and off I go question that I know that I'm gonna get is I don't want to put my bike up on my shoulder I need to do all that I just run with it next to me now that is the third way to be able to get the bike up away from you and run with it but typically I only do that if it's really short you're gonna be doing a longer run pushing your bike through Muhtar sand is really slow it gets the bike dirty it's not a very efficient use of your energy on the cross course so super important to learn the techniques to be able to get the bike up on your shoulder and run with it full steam ahead that is how you get off the cross bike and run with it I hope you guys enjoyed this it has literally taken me a lifetime to accumulate all of these little intricacies that make getting off the bike actually doable and fun hope you guys tear this like it and definitely tap that little Bell icon over here so you know every time GCN uploads a new video if you guys liked it leave a comment below give it a thumbs up always subscribe to GCN see ya

34 thoughts on “How To Shoulder & Run With Your Cyclocross Bike | CX Skills

  1. I'm not a cross rider but I'm trying to learn these skills just for the fun of it, however I feel it really uncomfortable on my collarbone. I'm really thin (1.78m/68kg) so I don't have that much muscle to cushion the bike on the shoulder. Have any of you guys had this problem? How do you deal with it? Do you just thoughen up and endure the pain?

  2. I gotta say, I really tried both methods here, but for my bike and body, Ollie's "dead animal carry" from the previous video works best. My old frame worked for these traditional methods, but the new one puts the weight too far back when I have the front end hugged this close.

  3. Once these essential cross skill videos are completed, do you have any plans to assemble them into to a longer form "how to" training video? I suspect the full set might make a great training video for CX instructors.

  4. Don't know where else to ask, so hopefully Jeremy or someone who can ask him will see this. Just curious if there are plans on having your CX camp again for 2020. Would love to get more work on my skills with experts, I'm decent as a Cat 4 here in New England, but feeling my skills, moreso than my fitness, are a limiter at this point.

  5. Cyclocross would have to be one of the toughest physical challenges out there.
    Not convinced though, that riding a road bike off-road is the safest or smartest thing the majority of us should do.
    I'll stick with my hardtail and
    cross- train with a pair of decent runners.
    Always entertaining vids.

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