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Old 10-03-12, 10:17 AM
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I'm a big geeke

The local CX course is only a 16 minute ride from my house so I've been doing laps almost every morning for the last two weeks. I try to take a picture and make a brief comment (sort of as a personal journal) of every ride I take regardless of bike or type of ride. Today I decided to try a little video instead. 25 seconds of pure adrenaline....ummm, yeah



I get a better workout in three laps on the cross course than 40 miles on the road in about 1/3 the time. I've considered myself an avid cyclist for years but the bike I put together this year is my first venture into CX. I'm hooked.
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Cool! Looks like a great course (from what you can see!)

I agree that you can get a great working in a short time--gotta love 'cross!

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The local CX course is only a 16 minute ride from my house so I've been doing laps almost every morning for the last two weeks. I try to take a picture and make a brief comment (sort of as a personal journal) of every ride I take regardless of bike or type of ride. Today I decided to try a little video instead. 25 seconds of pure adrenaline....ummm, yeah



I get a better workout in three laps on the cross course than 40 miles on the road in about 1/3 the time. I've considered myself an avid cyclist for years but the bike I put together this year is my first venture into CX. I'm hooked.
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More shameless self promotion: Part 2 (anyone have a tip for embedding this so it doesn't take you to another website)

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Originally Posted by darrencope
Cool! Looks like a great course (from what you can see!)

I agree that you can get a great working in a short time--gotta love 'cross!
I am fortuate to have a cross course, downhill course, and a 2.5 mile singletrack loop all in one park just a 16 minute ride from the house. There is another trail system with over 10 miles of continuous singletrack just a 14 minute ride in the other direction. On top of that, I have some great rural roads and highways for road rides anywhere from 7-100 miles, and I'm only 11 miles from over 150 miles of MUP.
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Originally Posted by Breathegood
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You've gotta work on your dismount technique.
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yea but they don't leave the barriers up.
so bring something like them , set-up where they go..

if you can get off, jump the barriers
and get back on and put the hammer down again without losing momentum,
then you may stay up towards the front, in the races.

dont stay on the bike till the momentum drops , then run the hill,
you know the hill is coming , get off and run before
the momentum drops below your running speed

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For me, the trick is to dismount at the exact moment when the bike has slowed down to just about the speed that I'm going to run up the hill. At least, it feels good that way.
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I'm getting the dismount down pretty well when approaching the barriers with some momentum, but I haven't quite figured out the run up yet. The first time I tried it, I managed to pedal all the way over the top, but I haven't been able to repeat. I did have a faster lap this morning when I just dismounted and ran from the bottom. Getting back on the bike while on the move is definately more of a challange than getting off the bike on the move.
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You need to work on your shouldering technique as well. https://www.ehow.com/video_2361029_sh...steep-run.html

I know that it sounds like a stupid thing, but it actually makes a big difference. At a race a few weeks ago I saw several people fall on a run up because of bad shouldering technique. The way you did it, if the wheel or bike gets bumped it will be very difficult to control you bike.
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Originally Posted by Breathegood
anyone have a tip for embedding this so it doesn't take you to another website
I'm definitely not the expert you wana talk to but I think I can help here. On the photobucket site you want to pick the share link. Then pick the last option, "IMG for bulletin boards & forums". You do that and it's copied to your clipboard. You then click where you want to have it posted. Right click and paste what is on the clip board. Let's see if I did it right :-/ ...........


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I don't think that's what you wanted but
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