Acing The Barriers
Coordinating efforts to execute a proper dismount takes practice. That’s what we are all about. For starters…..how do you get off the bike? One method ( preferred by many) is to swing your right leg back over the saddle, press your right hip into the saddle as you coast (at speed) toward the barrier, right hand placed on the top tube, twist your left foot to get out of the pedal, drop both feet to the ground, and pick the bike up and over the barrier. How many steps are there just to get off the bike? That’s why even the best cyclocrossers practice, practice, practice.
This is where Cross Propz excel. During cyclocross training, if you don’t navigate successfully over the barrier, you can simply keep going. Cross Propz flex and pop right back into shape. Also at a height of 15 ¾” (40cm) you practice at the official UCI height. So, when you master Cross Propz you’ll be able to clear any barrier in a race.
There are many training techniques and as the season approaches we will post tips here to help you become the cyclocross rider you’d like to be. Many of the clinic and sessions we have here in Colorado are attended by some of the best cross racers in the country, what’s great about the sport is the shared knowledge, and we’d like to pass along as much as we can.