So is it ok to dismount off the drive side of the bike? I'm a lefty to the fullest (surf and snowboard goofy, DH with left foot forward, etc...). I'm going to be new to CX racing this year and want to know if I should only practice dismounts on drive side or not.
I ride in New England if that matters. I hear the riders are a bit snobby. Thanks for all of the help in advance.
Go either way. There are some but not a lot of pros that do it. I've never heard of any problems with it. You'll want to watch your approach with other riders just a bit since they'll be swinging off the bike towards you. But it's a really minor issue.
A few of us locally have been experimenting with learning an off side mount. I found it way harder than I ever thought.
Just pick a method that works for you and practice it. A lot.
there are a handful of riders who dismount on the drive side. whatever is most comfortable and fast for you is what you should do. there are times when i wish i felt more comfortable dismounting on the drive side, as occasionally i could put that to use...
the biggest issue you'll find is that you'll be running with a drivetrain jabbing in to your lower back, which isn't super comfy. still, you can make adjustments to the way you carry the bike to minimize that problem.
i'm a total snob, but i respect your lefts. (see what i did there?)
If I may offer some advice, I'd work out what you're going to do before you get into that sort of situation. You want to have a decent technique before you start racing. If you figure out your technique while racing you'll do what is fast but perhaps not good. You end up solidifying a lot of bad practices. Not that they can't be undone later but might as well start off on the right foot as best you can.