New to knob­bly tyres and muck-en­crusted frames? Read our mud-plug­ger’s glos­sary

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“Do­ing the dismount wrong can cause you to crash or lose time — and it looks rub­bish for any­one watch­ing,” says Chris Young, for­mer na­tional cross cham­pion, a BC coach, and the guy who co­or­di­nated the Bri­tish team at their best ever World Cham­pi­onships in 2017. “It’s got to look smooth,” he adds. “Best thing is to watch World Cup races on Youtube.” Young pre­scribes the mod­ern glide technique. This in­volves swing­ing your right leg over the back of the sad­dle, bring­ing it next to your left leg, then with your left hand still on the bars and the right hand on the top tube just in front of the sad­dle, un­clip­ping your left foot while glid­ing to­wards the ob­sta­cle. “For a sec­ond, all your weight is bal­anced on your arms and that helps you plant your feet just where you want them.” The driv­e­train on the right of a bike means text­book dis­mounts are al­ways to the left. How­ever, left-handed rid­ers might be tempted to do the op­po­site and Young pro­poses: “A rider should be able to dismount on ei­ther side in case of there be­ing a pro­nounced cam­ber.” Equally im­por­tant is how you carry the bike and re­mount. “A novice can eas­ily lose five sec­onds to a more ex­pe­ri­enced rider through each set of ob­sta­cles,” says Young.

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