I thought I would post some tips on getting faster through the barriers.
I made some homemade PVC practice barriers the other night. This was an area I definitely needed to improve on. I was so slow.
I got incredibly faster in just one nights practice. I was amazed at the speed I gained and surprised I hadn't read about what I was doing wrong. I will discuss my original technique, then my new technique.
FWIW, I am 5'7" so 16" is a pretty high jump for a short dude.
This isn't as much as a discussion on remounting as it is reference to flowing thru and keep a steady pace as you move through the barriers .
Old technique sequence:
Approach barriers at speed
Pedal until you get to the barriers
Brake as I got close to barriers
Jump off (usually about one bike length from first barrier) (first mistake, way to close)
(also, since I was braking, my bike was always a little behind me and it was hard to grab because I would have to turn around a little)
Slowly jump over first barrier (more like a high jump or vertical leap) (second mistake)
trot to second barrier
Jump again (the same way over next barrier)
Stand there /trot slowly and remount bike
Approach barriers at speed
* don't brake - just use the terrain to slow you down, start coasting and stop pedaling
* Next jump off bike way earlier than you think you need to, about 3 bike lengths from barrier.
Start running next to bike and keep holding onto bars. (this was my first revelation; I kept thinking that I should stay on the bike for as long as possible. This was a mistake because actually when you dismount, and start running, you can actually increase your speed).
Keep running at barrier (like I said, you will actually be going faster than when you were on the bike and coasting)
Grab bike right before barrier. Lift that sucker up high. Since I am short, it also helped that I cock the bike at an angle (about 45* or more). Don't hold the bike straight up and down, make sure it is tilted a little.
Now.....since you are running, it is way easier to power thru and jump the barriers. Since I am short, I found it was so much easier to get over both barriers when I was at speed, than when I stopped short and had to vertical leap over them. My goofy hop actually turned into a hurdle.
Next......get over 2nd barrier (keep running) and set your bike down (keep running). Then when you are clear and your bike is rolling along smoothly (about 2 bike lengths from the barrier) remount.
Don't be so worried about clipping in. (I think this is what actually slows the remount down). Make sure you are seated squarely and start pedaling. Power thru the remount.
Keep pedaling and stop worrying about clipping in.
Last.....as you are powering thru.....clip-in. It is way easier to clip in, once you are moving and you mind has processed making it's way through the barriers.
For training, I went to the local elementary school and set as follows:
First find a grassy area.
Imagine a football field if you can't find one.
Set your barriers on about the 50 yard line.
Start at the 10 yard line and slowly accelerate
make the transition thru the barriers and pedal hard thru the 80 yard line
coast, turn around
slowly pedal back down field (recover),
coast to 10 yard again and repeat
I did this about 30 times. It was a great interval workout also.
Hope that helps! This may seem like over analyzed info, but I figure it could help some rookies with the barriers.