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Cyclocross 14 week In Season Race Program (Advanced Level)

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Cyclocross 14 week In Season Race Program (Advanced Level)


Drew Edsall

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14 Weeks

Plan Description

If you're an advanced level road(Cat 1,2) or mountain bike racer(Cat 1) looking to do cyclo-cross racing this year then this program is for you.

This is an in season program meaning you most likely are racing or plan to very soon. The entire program is 12 weeks long. In the first week you will establish your LTHR and set up your HR zones. Optional races start the first weekend into this program giving you the freedom to either get a weekend of racing in, or get two back to back hard days of CX specific training in over the weekend.

This program will build and fine tune your high end cyclo-cross fitness and take your performance to the next level with workouts aimed at short/hard efforts combined with cross specific race efforts and light running to build your muscular system for the running involved. The focus is on quality, CX specific, shorter workouts with a maintenance of your longer aerobic rides.

In addition to hard workouts, this program will give you the rest you need coming into the weekend so that your body can perform well when needed. The weekends you don't race, you will be doing some tough cyclocross specific work to get you ready for your next race weekend.

You will need access to a heart rate monitor and will need to know how to use it. You can do the training on a road, CX or mountain bike. However, I do recommend that you get as much training in as possible on your CX bike since you will be racing on that.

With this program you will also receive nutritional information, a detailed description of heart rate zones, and a start-up guide that introduces you to interval training.

Expect the following from this plan:

*8-13 hours of riding per week
*6 days of riding per week(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
*1 off day per week(Thursday)
*All rides that are longer than 1:45 hours a day will be scheduled on weekends
*Rides during the week range from 1-2 hours a day
*Clear and precise instructions on how to execute each workout

You can also find more info on my coaching services at or at Mountain Bike Radio, "The Dirt with Drew Edsall"

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
09:16:00 03:00:00
Race x2
03:30:00 01:45:00
Run x1
00:22:00 00:20:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
09:16:00 03:00:00
03:30:00 01:45:00
00:22:00 00:20:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

Drew Edsall


Mountain Bike Coaching and Training Plans. My name is Drew Edsall, I am a mountain bike head coach with and also a former professional mountain biker. At Mtbfitness we work with all mountain bike athletes and specialize in mountain bike one on one coaching, and mountain bike specific training plans.

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