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


– 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
going to be all about how to get the bike up onto your
shoulder and run with it. (upbeat techno music) Before we get off the bike
though, number one thing you have to think about, that
I’ve 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?” (upbeat techno music) So let me give you guys
the lay o’ 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 when
I’m fresh as a daisy. So eight laps into your
race, or your training race, or training session, it’s
going to be super hard. So I always say, “If
you can’t ride something 10 out of 10 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 going to be running this. Okay, gear selection,
got it, wrote it down. You know the lay o’ the
land, you know what you’re gettin’ yourself into, make
sure you plan all that. All right, so how the heck do I actually get the back up onto my shoulder? (upbeat techno music) 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 Wellens’ flick,” meaning, Bart Wellens used
to always take the bike and just flick it onto his shoulder, and then he would start running. Back in the day, I always
used to look at him, “What the heck is he goin’ on?” ‘Cause 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 (snaps fingers) that. So the Bart Wellens’ flick
is when you take your hand, and you actually twist it around. So typically when you’re
getting off your bike, you’ve 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 with the Bart Wellens’ 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 Wellens’ 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 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 going to 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 onto 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, you’re not going to be 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
run with it 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. (upbeat techno music) 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 talkin’ 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 were going to get off the bike,
and start running with it. Not try to make it halfway up the hill, lose a bunch o’ time,
get all discombobulated, have someone run into the
back o’ ya, don’t do that. Get off down at the
bottom, run with the bike, carry your speed and your
momentum up to the top. (upbeat drumming) So one more important
thing to think about is, making sure that you’ve got
short little pitter-patter feet. You don’t want to be tryin’ 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. (upbeat drumming)
(footsteps crunching) (upbeat drumming) Quick feet, short steps,
now I need to think about how I’m going to get the bike back down. So left hand on the left shifter, right hand comes out, hits three-quarters of the way down the down tube. 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. The question that I know
that I’m going to get is, “I don’t want to put my
bike up on my shoulder. I don’t 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. If you’re going to be doing a longer run, pushing your bike through
mud or sand is really slow. It gets the bike dirty. It’s not a very efficient use of your energy out on the cross course. So, super important to
learn these 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 share this, like it, ooh, and definitely tap
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31 Comments

  • I love me some cx, cx in the chat guys

  • Great stuff as usual from JP! I don't think riders shoulder the bike in races as much as they should do. @VeldritRant

  • Definitely a essential skill… thanks, excellent a always!

  • You are a talent sir! Well done.

  • Great video

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  • Really good photography and explanations of the skills.

  • The fade to red was very Zombie apocalypse 😈
    Great vid though 👌🍻

  • I live in 2nd floor.
    So I need this skill every day. Thanks Jeremy.

  • Easier solution:
    Get a mountain bike. You won't have to get off it.

  • 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.
    Thanks.

  • 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.

  • Step 1: shoulder
    Step 2: run

  • LOVE this Jpow content. Keep it coming!!!

  • 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.

  • You are awesome presenter, Jeremy!

  • Fantastic video, great tips and superbe filming – thanx JP

  • Always a great video big J

  • I don't get the "funny bone" part. Which bone is that?

  • I've never been a fan of the backward leaning graphics of Canyon but I do like the look of that bike!

  • J-Pow is fantastic however you need another female presenter. Emma was great and added a lot of balance.

  • Brilliant! Priceless information one point after another. One of the best videos on GCN recently, Thanks

  • Really loving these…been applying them at my local CX races…I look pro 😉

  • Hi GCN. please feature the newest bike brand the "DEVEL PROJECT"

  • Has anyone sliced their right knee off on a front disc yet?

  • Will be more easier if you got a lightweight bike, tried this with my old steel bike, then my shoulder hurt

  • Nice exit 😀

  • Jeremy. Why couldn’t you have done this before we went to Zonhoven?! 🤔😂

  • Hi GCN whenever I try this I find my shoulder hurts very quickly and so I can’t really run with it. Any tips?

  • 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.

  • It more like how to let your bike ride you

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