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You gotta love the Southpaw. In the world of 'cross, the Southpaw's the chump who has to port the bike with the drive side jammed into their backs on every run up. This said, the 'chumps' that seem to be southpaw by birth are proportionally more than not world champions. Here we have 7 time world champion Eric De Vlaeminick railing it southpaw style with Guimard doing some of the hup hup behind him. Compare that with (2003 Junior World Champion) and perennial Sven Nijs chaser Sven Vantourenhout.

All of us need to be working on those 'weak side' dis/re-mounts. Perhaps a little something to practice over the summer boys and girls!

Thanks to Evan who found all of these EPIC old cycling mags on eBay and sent me some scans of the covers!

Reader Comments (7)

south paw step through dismount practice...

talk about a recipe for slicing open the calves of cyclocrossers...

You could argue that those southpaws are great despite their handicap dismount style. just think how dominate they would have been if they'd actually learned to get on and off the bike the right way...

(just saying, that's all)

March 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergewilli

I need to score some video of Erik De V but watching Sven Vant as much as I do, he's a step-around-the-outside guy on virtually all transitions.

All those guys are ridiculous animals though regardless of step through, step around...whatever. Sickening.

March 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

seems most of the pro dudes aren't steppin through much...

that or most barriers aren't at high speed dismount sections where the step through advantage comes into play...

and yes... ridiculous animals, agreed...

video of EdV would be unbelievable! But his technique is based on having spikes in his heels and toeclips (as one main difference). Something not to be overlooked when studying the history of our dearly beloved sport.

G-DAMN i love cyclocross!

Thanks for the drip Greg!

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergewilli


I can only think of one top US ‘crosser who does the south paw dismount – Ben Jaques-Maynes.

Here he is (in slow motion) being shadowed, or should I say mirrored, by Mark McCormack as he is stepping through on the approach to a barrier:

The race was 2001 Supercup in Gloucester Ma., you can see the short [DVD preview] of that race here:


March 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhjurenka

Ah, B-J-M. I studied that youngster for years weekend in and out when I lived in the Bay Area. He and Justin Robinson were/are my core heroes. Indeed he's got the southpaw portage style and is ridiculously smooth.

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

i swear - anytime anyone mentions the word "drip" and "cyclocross"

Henry shows up. He must have a google filter for it or something


ahh goodness...

notice most those guys are acutally USING the drops at times! UNBELIEVABLE.

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergewilli

about once a year, mcclurg and i decide to try left-side dismount/remounts. we talk about how useful that skill would be to pop around a crowd on the empty far left side.

invariably, i just about kill myself or give myself a cyclo-sectomy.

i'll have to call you next time we're due...

March 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhixson

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