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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 11-24-13, 06:31 PM   #26
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I step through only if it's a fast, smooth, and straight approach. Otherwise no.
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Old 11-24-13, 07:04 PM   #27
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I hope I'm not the only one who's plowed into a barrier because he couldn't get his left foot out of the pedal in time. D'oh!
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I hope I'm not the only one who's plowed into a barrier because he couldn't get his left foot out of the pedal in time. D'oh!
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But it doesn't. Your left foot is behind your right foot, so your second step is slower than if you just did a cowboy dismount.
Step through is definitely faster if it's a high speed entry. That being said, there's more risk involved.
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Step through is definitely faster if it's a high speed entry.
Step-through is not faster. In fact it's slower, because when you step through, your left foot is behind your right foot when you plant the right foot. So there's this unnecessary motion of "running" with the left foot before planting it. If you don't step through, your left foot is already in front of the right, and your second step (left foot) comes immediately after the first step (right foot).

Fast forward to 7:20 and especially Wellens at 8:00: http://vimeo.com/29956978
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Old 12-16-13, 04:54 PM   #33
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Ok, ok I gave up on the step-through. I guess my clinic coach was just old school. He was an older guy and he had a really fast smooth step through technique. I, however, am an older guy with no technique ;-) The wipeout clips have been fun to watch, but I don't want to star in one! I just worked on the cowboy and that's what I've used in my three races so far. I'm going with the KISS concept. What I really need to work on more is my remount. I don't think any of you will be surprised to hear that that is a common refrain amongst the beginner / Cat 4 friends and acquaintances I've made. Crushing your balls just does not seem worth risking for the benefit of a faster remount. Anybody got blooper videos of this?

I'm determined to avoid learning bad habits from the beginning and becoming a lame double-hopper, but my remount is really slow. I almost think I would be faster stepping on the near side pedal first like we all learned when we were kids.
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