How To Get On & Off A Moving Cyclocross Bike | Emma Does Cyclo-Cross Episode 2

How To Get On & Off A Moving Cyclocross Bike | Emma Does Cyclo-Cross Episode 2


– If you know anything about cyclocross, I’m sure you will know that
from time to time in a race you will need to get off your
bike, pick it up, and run. Emma, what are you wearing? – [Emma] Well, it’s all this jumping on and off the bikes thing,
it’s making me nervous. It just looks a bit dangerous, so I thought I’d come protected. – Seriously, you will be absolutely fine. Although, I’m not entirely
sure that if you did have any issues, that you’ve necessarily protected quite the right places. But anyway, in this
video, Emma is gonna learn how to get off a moving bike, pick it up, run with it, and then jump back on. (intense boomy sound effect) Cyclocross is all about momentum. It’s hard-won, and so you need to try and conserve it as much as possible. And the very nature of riding off road means that there are gonna be times when you are either quicker to get off and run, or you simply can’t ride the bike at all. So whilst we’re thinking about momentum, the trick is to actually get off the bike before you start to slow down,
i.e, dismount a moving bike, and then, similarly,
when you finish running, if you get back on the bike,
you do that moving as well, so again you conserve
that hard-won momentum. You should be absolutely
fine, Emma, because you have, of course, your background
in triathlon and duathlon. – [Emma] Yeah, well you
say that, but actually, in duathlon for example,
I was fine at running, and fine at riding, but the getting on and off the bike bit, I sucked at it. Basically I like to approach my bike like one might approach a skittish horse. Slowly, and carefully, and with respect, not just kind of leap onto it willy nilly. It just looks painful to be honest. – Well, firstly your bike
will appreciate that approach, but no, it’s not painful because there’s actually a really
clear, precise technique. And so once you learn that
and get your head around it, you’ll find that there isn’t really all that much risk of any
kind of injury at all. Where you practice is important, so we are on this really
nice, soft forest path. Grass would do well as well. Nice and flat so you don’t have to worry about picking up too much speed. This is gonna be the place, Emma, where you totally nail
getting on and off the bike. So we need to approach the obstacle at less than a fast running pace,
so a comfortable running pace because obviously, otherwise,
you hit the ground… – [Emma] Too fast. – Exactly.
– That sounds bad. – But for learning, we
can go slower than that. You just wanna be slightly
above walking pace, because then you’ve got a bit
more stability on the bike. You feel a bit more comfortable. Then what we need to do
is put our left pedal in the six o’clock position. Now most people will get off the bike on the left hand side. It’s a good idea simply because the drive train is on the other side, so there’s less to get caught
up in when you’re running, and also when you pick up the bike, you don’t have that
resting against your back. So with our weight on our left leg, the pedal at six o’clock, we’re then gonna need to unclip our right foot and swing the right leg round the back. – [Emma] That’s where I start
getting worried, but yeah. – Well, no, don’t, because you’ll be okay. Hands on the brake hoods. If they’re on the drops
you’ll probably find you’re a little bit too low down. On the hoods you can kind of be nice and upright and controlled. On the tops, you’ve
obviously got no brakes anywhere near it, and so you have no way of adjusting your speeds to running pace. But you can be quite stable,
because you’ve also got the saddle resting against
your right thigh there. The next step is you take
your right hand off the lever and you grab hold of the top tube. It keeps the bike under nice control, and it also means that when we get off we can just pick it straight up, so it’s definitely quicker. You can actually put quite a bit of weight through that right
hand, so you’re not just resting it all on your arms and your foot. You can unweight that foot. Then, are you ready? You click out and you start running. Give it a go. – [Emma] What could possibly go wrong? – Nothing can go wrong. Come on, Emma. Looking good, looking good. – [Emma] Is this too fast? – No, perfect, perfect. That’s it. – [Emma] Oh, I didn’t do the hand. – Well, no, that was a good start. That was a proper good start. – [Emma] Probably don’t need to slow down. That’s kind of not the point, isn’t it? – You did start to slow
down at the end there, but I thought you were
gonna crash into me, so I was quite pleased in a way. It’s just a case of practicing, when you get a bit more comfortable in that position of being on one foot. – [Emma] Oh, it’s not bad,
I mean, I didn’t die, so… – No, no, absolutely not. – [Emma] Don’t worry,
I won’t crash into you because you look like the least comfy place to land, to be honest. – I’m quite pointy. – [Emma] Right, I’m gonna try again. I have confidence now. I almost did it. – Okay, nice, looking good. Yeah, perfect. (beep) – [Emma] Yeah, that was kind of closer to nature than I wanted to get. What went wrong there? Balance. – I think you just lost
your balance a little bit. Remember you can still
steer to keep your balance. So I think at this point you just, I think you panicked a little bit because you knew you couldn’t
get that right foot down, and then you went, whereas actually, if you’d steered instead of leaning… Would it be helpful to just
practice scooting with the bike? – [Emma] Yeah. – So what I mean is, literally like, you’ve got your foot on the pedal, and you kind of start. (short vocalized heroic melody) Because then you can kind
of steer a little bit. Nice. Having your hand on the top tube is probably, is fair to
say, the next step on. So it’s a fairly quick
maneuver for you then to take one hand off the bars
and pick up the top tube. Keep your hands on the bars, I reckon. – [Emma] Yeah, I think
the hands on bars is me. I just don’t feel like I’ve got the balance to do one hand and one foot while that hand is transitioning
from here to there. I just don’t, I think it’s
beyond my balance capability. – You will definitely be able to get it, but it probably is something
that you need to practice. So, no, it’s fine. In the short term it’s
not a problem at all. Yeah, both hands on the
bars is totally cool. So let’s skip the top tube bit. The next point, I’m
gonna bring our obstacle back in front of us,
because we obviously need to get off for something, so
we’ll talk timing now, okay? You basically want to be on
your bike as much as possible, because it’s basically
more energy efficient to be freewheeling than
it is to be running, which means getting off as close to the obstacle as you feel comfortable. So when you watch the pros do it, they leave it really late. I’d give yourself a little
bit of grace period, particularly because you’re
holding the handlebars, and so you’re gonna need
obviously to then take that hand, put it on the top tube,
and then pick up the bike. – [Emma] Almost. Uh, oh, my brakes, I’m leaving, oh (beep). – Just, uh, yeah. Yeah, brilliant. – [Emma] More like a hippo than a… Presumably if you leave
it too late and you’re still dismounting when you
encounter the obstacle, that is not optimal. – No, it’s fair to say
that would be sub-optimal. In most instances, you will
probably be off the bike for maybe five meters or so,
in which case you’d pick it up by the top tube, and then run. You never want to push
a cross bike, ideally. If you’re going for any longer, and you’re running up a hill, for example, then you want to think about
putting it on your shoulder. My frame’s a lot bigger than yours, so I can actually lift it quite easily. – [Emma] That looks neat. – Yeah, because it’s
quite a spacious frame. So the actual getting it on your shoulder might require a modification
of the technique, but you can always tell a crossrider by the way they hold their bike, because rather than leaving it like this with the saddle in your helmet and the front wheel near the floor and running around like that, you have it much more neatly… – [Emma] That does look neat, yeah. – Now you’re looking good. So you got your hand round the head tube. That’s really good
because it keeps the bike nice and firmly up there at the front. It keep your back wheel
way off the ground, and also, when you’re in a
race, and you got rivals, you can now control the back of the bike, and you can actually hit them
in the face, or block them. – [Emma] Sneaky. – Yeah, no, don’t do that. Nice. You have very nearly graduated from jumping on and off school for cyclocross. You’ve totally nailed it so far. This one probably, if
you’ll pardon the pun, is the biggest hurdle. First thing to talk about is the fact that we’re not trying to do the high jump here. We’re not trying to set
any records for altitude. – [Emma] That’s good because
I’m rubbish at high jump. – Okay, well you only have to jump. as high as you need to jump. And then the second thing
really, is that actually the process is in fact less about jumping and more about speeding up the process that you do every time
you get on your bike. So swinging your leg over and
just jumping in the saddle. That is what you’re doing. You’re just doing it at speed, okay? So no jumping, that’s when
there’s a recipe for disaster. We simply are looking
to learn that technique whilst on the move. So hopefully that sort of reduces the fear factor a little bit. – [Emma] The reason it
worries me is because I feel like my saddle is quite high compared to my leg length, so I feel like if I don’t jump high enough,
that it’s going to be worse than jumping too high. And see, when I get on a bike, I normally do pedals first because I can’t quite sit on the saddle. – No, but then that’s where the little kind of hop comes in, and
then you just go, oh yeah. – [Emma] And a bit of
coordination (mumbles). – Yeah, it’s like – [Emma] Oh dear. – No, you’ll be fine. Okay, you ready? – [Emma] Yeah, you show me how. – Okay, right, first
of all, start up front. We hold the handlebars either
on the hoods or the tops. We learned last year that Sven Nys has one hand on the brake
and one hand on the top, so you could do it like him, and he’s the greatest of all time. Then, this is the bit that I think a lot of people don’t necessarily learn, is you push the bike
forward, because that means that your leg, your right leg
doesn’t have to come as far, because it’s only traveling
over the back wheel. You can probably push it
even further in front of you. Maybe not quite that far. (laughter) Like that. And then, and we can do
this from stationary, we’re looking to jump just high enough so that we land on, like
your inner thigh basically, so don’t try and land
on your bum, or worse. You wanna land on your thigh,
and then your momentum, because you’re kind of jumping across the bike as well as forward, is gonna carry you nicely into the saddle. So maybe try on the tops so
you’re having to reach less far. – [Emma] Ooh, I never ride on tops though. – No, but you don’t have to
ride, you just have to get on, and then immediately you
can be back like that. And we don’t even have to
be running to start with. You push the bike forward in front of you, and then kind of jump after it, okay? – [Emma] (beep). – Think of it more in terms
of one diagonal motion as opposed to two separate motions. – [Emma] The two vectors combining, right. – Hey, there we go. That was cool. Now, all it is a case of is just adding a little bit more velocity. So to start with, maybe kind of leaping forward with a bit more gusto. And, gusto. (Emma laughs) I don’t think it’s
reasonable to expect anyone to learn it in an hour, or
two hours, or an afternoon, but by practicing these basic principles over and over again, then
you’ll totally nail it. You’ve got the technique,
it’s just a case of you kind of practice it, like, you know, even the top
crossriders will be practicing these techniques, yeah, you know, like just on the bikes, in
training, in the woods, they’ll be practicing getting on and off. – [Emma] So you’re saying
I have to practice. – I think so, and then we’ll
probably discover that, like just about every
other form of cycling, you’ll totally nail it,
you’ll become national champ, and then the rest is history. – [Emma] I’m a bit tired. It’s been a long afternoon
of falling off (beep). – If you want to see the beginner skills, which Emma mastered, previous video, then you can get through to
that one just down there. And otherwise, please give
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