How To Bike Change Like A Cyclocross Pro | Crewing A CX Pit

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– If you have to go in
the pits in cyclocross, it’s not something that
you do all the time and if you’ve been an
amateur cyclocross rider for a long time, well then
you’ve probably had a husband, or a wife, a boyfriend,
girlfriend, cousin, brother-in-law, someone has had
to go into the pits for you. It’s good to have the skills to be able to tell your pit crew, although
they might be inexperienced, some tips so you guys
have a good day out there. That is what we are going to do today. (upbeat music) One of the unique aspects of
cyclocross is bike exchanges but it’s something that
you can’t do unless you have a pit crew, which
is why I brought my friends, John and Chris to help me out today. So, John and Chris have
never been in the pits before so it’s important to be able to explain a couple of things to them
before you guys go out there so that you have a flawless
day out on the cross course. (upbeat music) So the first thing that you want to do is get a lay of the land of the course and make sure that you
know where you’re coming in and where your pit crew’s going to be. The worst thing that you
can do is come into the pits and have no idea where your pit crew is. So you want to make sure that you guys settle on a location that
you’re going to be at. All right guys, so we are in the pit and the thing that we’re
going to be doing here on this course, virtually,
we’re going to be coming down the hill here and then I don’t want the bike
to be in a super heavy gear because if I get on the bike and it’s in the biggest gear that I’ve got then I got to go back up this hill, that’s not going to be good for anyone. – Not even with those thighs? – Hey. – Yeah, we don’t want to sabotage him. – You guys are going to be great. When I’m out there doing my pre-ride laps, then we’re going to come through, we’ll check out what gear makes sense, and then we’ll both be on the same page for when we’re out there in race mode. – [John] Cool, right, I
reckon we can nail this. – Let’s do it. – All right boys, so
this is what I’m thinking I come down here, Chris? – Yep. – First thing that you
want to do, in theory, you’re going straight to the power washer with the bike. – Straight to the lake. – So I come in, I drop
the bike off to you, voom, bikes gone. Bikes gone before I
even get this from John and John I’m going to put my hands here and then I don’t want
to be grabbing a brick so I want you to give it
just a little nudge, okay? So just give me a little
push so that I’m not catching a big brick,
you know what I mean? – [John] Yeah, yeah, yeah. – [Rider] I don’t want to be
coming with a ton of speed. – [John] Just a little
bit of momentum right? – Exactly, just a little momentum and that is super, super important because well if you’ve ever grabbed,
tried to grab something that’s standing still
while you’ve got momentum, it’s not a good look. – No. – [Together] One, two, three, pit! – Yeah! (intense music) – Okay, so it’s really
important to have good communication with your
pit crew before the race, of course after the race
as well, but definitely during the race is key. You don’t want to come
into the pits and not have your mechanics know
exactly what the problem with you bike is, if you have a rear flat, say, rear flat, if you’ve
got a problem with your rear derailleur, rear derailleur, If there’s bars are loose, bars are loose, something very simple. So, okay. Boy, boys, boys. – [John] Okay here he comes. – What’s the problem? – Rear derailleur, rear
derailleur, rear derailleur. – Derailleur, okay. – Right, go fix that OP,
I’ve done enough in my time. (rock music) – Yo, yo, yo. – Okay, right, he’s signaled,
he’s got a flat, oh no! – [Chris] Oh! – Oh no, your (mumbles) is going
to have to change that quick. – [Chris] All right he’s
coming in, he’s coming in. – Looks like a problem. – What’s up? – Forgot (beep). – Too right, rear derailleur
he forgot to let us know, good job we’re experienced. – So there’s some things
that you should never do to your pit crew. Dropping off a bike without
telling them what’s wrong, spiking a bike, tensions usually are high during the race, there’s
a lot of adrenalin, but keeping your cool is
one of the most important things that I can give you guys as a tip. Don’t go in there acting
like a hot head, being crazy, you got to keep your
cool, you got to be chill, let your mechanics know, let
them know what’s going on, and never ever spike the
bike or drop it or throw it into a mechanic, not a good look. – It’s okay, next lap is good. – [John] He’s going well today, isn’t he? – [Chris] He’s looking good. – [John] Yeah. – And that’s perfect
communication with your pit crew, I’ve ditched my bike that’s
not working correctly, the pit crew has cleaned it, tuned it up and now, I’m ready to go. (rock music) – Sometimes in a really muddy cross race, you won’t be getting off the bike, you’ll actually be running
with it when you go into the pit, you run into it,
off it goes with catcher, with Chris, John’s got
the bike by the seat tube and by the bars, he’s got
it up in the air for me, I grab it in the running
position and off I go. – Yeah. I feel like I want to
go for a run with him. (rock music) – What I’m worried about is
that he’s going to come round and he’s going to sort
of sling his leg over into my face, but it’s all right. (rock music) – Right, so it’s been washed, right you’ve got to run off to that. – Coming in, coming in. – Here he is, here he is, here he is. Hey, come on, 15 seconds! See, I’ve learnt that as well, you’ve got to give him
just a bit of information, doesn’t matter if it’s
false or real, but you’ve got to just motivate him. (rock music) There’s a pre next ronda,
okay 15 euros on the line. – Pre next ronda? [Laughs] – Yeah. (laughs) – That’s next lap. – I got the next bit. – Yeah. So that is a perfect day in the pits, I want to to say thank you to you guys, appreciate the help, that was amazing, you guys were fantastic first time pit crew. If you guys liked this video,
please give it a thumbs up. Leave us a comment below,
let us know what you think of Chris and John, how they did. If you want to see other
how to cyclocross videos, check those out here, subscribe
to GCN, click in the center, guys, thank you, want to get some beers? – Lets go. – Yeah!

76 thoughts on “How To Bike Change Like A Cyclocross Pro | Crewing A CX Pit

  1. Was this filmed early on a Sunday morning with Jeremy on a different (more awake) timezone than the others? Perhaps to capture the relative energies that pit crews and riders will have…

  2. I’d like to see the crew make a video where they participate in an event of any discipline (either trying to place, as a beginner leisurely completing, or both for example) as a group to see the many aspects and differences in prep and fueling leading up to, during and after the event. 🤓

  3. Jon and Chris playing stooges, love it! But seriously, with Jon in the pits, with his skills, it'd be like getting a new bike every time!

  4. Hello everyone, I would like to recommend you an amateur documentary, tells the story of a boy from a small town in Brazil who became a cyclist through his willpower:

    Riello Documentário – Não Foi Apenas um Sonho (Parte 1)

    (To find the documentary the title must be in Portuguese)

  5. Great vid. One thing to add: Rider should tell the crew when it's the last lap. Crews don't always know and can hang around needlessly when they could be helpful at the finish line or get back to your vehicle.

  6. Guys that was fabulous. Powers is perhaps better at teaching than he was on the bike! (Joking) but seriously good content. Keep this coming and get him on the show more often please.
    How about a segment on riding skills
    /bike handling/set up when it's sloppy out there. Big thumbs up guys – crew was equally amazing 🙂

  7. Been watching GCN content since Dan was young and Si looked like a teenager, and this was TOTALLY needed. Super cool vid, guys; and thank you for thinking outside of the box!

  8. My pit crew has 10 retired F1 pitcrew guys all synced, 2 to swap the wheels, 4 to lift the entire bike, 1 to swap my helmet, another to swap my glasses, 1 to tune it and 2 guys to fuel me! All in 0.8 seconds


  9. Great job on your videos! Really enjoy watching and learning bike maintenance and some of the best bike rides. So happy the see Jeremy powers. Joined the GCN team.

  10. Would be good to explain how this is done with a single person in the pit, a far more likely senario for the amateur racer.

  11. Absolutely enjoyed watching Chris Opie for the first time as a supporting character in a video. Entertaining stuff !!!

  12. Right. Well done gents. now take the crew training to the real thing and share that experience. Jeremy will need to temporarily come out retirement and pin a number on. Or Mr Opie…..hmmmmm.

  13. If JPow is over in the UK with you guys does that mean we will see him enter a Western League race? He would be sure to get a fantastic welcome.

  14. Cycling is a good cardiovascular exercise. Cycling for an hour can burn you about 400 calories. It strengthens the lower part of the body, including the muscles of your feet, hips, and buttocks.  Cycling regularly can strengthen your heart and lungs. You can ride bicycles in indoor by using an exercise bicycle.

    If you are a beginner to exercise cycling, it is best to choose a flat road first. If your body is accustomed to exercising well and exercising at a higher intensity than you need, you can choose rough mountain paths. It also gives exercises to the upper part of your body. If you are using off roads for cycling it is not normal cycling, It can increase the number of burning calories than riding bicycles on a normal road.

  15. Jon and Chris have nothing on my wife. She can do a bike change (catch and hand off), get it to neutral service, and text race updates, all before I've done half a lap and go by the other side of the pit. Yes, I know, I'm a lucky man.

  16. Jeremy, most people can’t afford a professional international pit crew. What are Jon and Chris doing in Massachusetts?

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