How to dismount in cyclocross

Simple, effective tips from US national champion Jeremy Powers

The flying dismount is a skill unique to the sport of cyclocross, and using the right technique will allow you to carry speed across any running section — plus allow you to do so safely.


Here, former US national champion Jeremy Powers explains the ‘three points of contact’ position used prior to dismount, when and how to unclip from your pedals, plus the best way to ‘suitcase’ carry your bike across barriers.

FasCat Coaching in Boulder, Colorado, held a cyclocross clinic with Powers, and FasCat founding coach Frank Overton also provides some tips here for you, such as have a friend film your technique.

With all of these skills, practise them slowly on grass until they become second nature. Then, and only then, begin doing them at a faster speed.

Three points of contact

When approaching a barrier, unclip your right foot and swing it over the saddle and bring it behind your left foot, which is still clipped in, Powers says.

Cyclocross dismount step 1: swing your right leg over the saddle: cyclocross dismount step 1: swing your right leg over the saddle
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Steady the bike by leaning it against your right hip. Then move your right hand from the handlebar to the top tube. These are the three points of contact: left hand on handlebar, right hand on top tube, right hip against saddle.