This Mtb race xc plan is a progression from the Mtb race level 1 plan. It is designed to take you up to the next level of fitness, and does this with more race specific and higher intensity sessions, including a weekly series of full gas intervals.
In this plan you'll be doing 5 mtb race specific sessions a week with 2-3 core sessions a week. How many of the core sessions you do is optional.
This is a progressive mountain bike training plan aimed at 90-120 mins of cross country racing. It has 2 sessions a week of core strength, progressing through the weeks into more muscular strength workouts.
The bike sessions are designed to get you race ready in 6 weeks.Training 4-5 times a week, being interval and hiit training based they progressively increase the amount of time you're working at race pace over the 6 week plan
There is some high intensity interval training included to increase your anaerobic capacity, as well as some skills based sessions and endurance training to maintain your base fitness
If you have any questions about the plan please email Nick at Sound Coaching at firstname.lastname@example.org
after a warm up do 2 sets of 15
In a very easy gear with light resistance, over 30 seconds, slowly increase your cadence (or spin-up) to the maximum rpm you can pedal smoothly. Focus on a quiet relaxed upper body and a fast smooth pedal stroke. If you lose form and bounce, lower the cadence, regain form then hold it. Keep the gearing easy, resistance light and your heart rate low to focus on leg speed.
8 x 30 second spin-ups to maximum rpm with good form with 3 minutes easy pedaling between each drill is a great cadence workout. Spin-ups drills can be added to any warm-up and cool-down
Good warm up working up through the zones with less time in each zone as you draw towards zone 5-5
Zone 6 Intervals
2 sets of 4 x 1 min On 1 min OFF, Full Gas > zone 5 watts; 5 min in b/w sets
after warming up on a rowing machine for 1km do 2x20 reps of each exercise
On a gentle uphill, slow to 3 mph and pedal at 30 to 40 rpm. Then, without shifting, accelerate as fast as you can with as much power as you have until you reach maximum cadence. You should reach maximum cadence in about 6 seconds, hold it for 2 more seconds and slow down to an easy pace as you fade at about 9 to 10 seconds. Adjust your selected gearing and hill grade if needed to hit those targets. Perform 10 x 8 to 10 seconds with 3 minutes recovery after each repeat.
Use these cadence drills in your mountain bike training to expand your efficient cadence range and maximize your performance.
Climb a 30 minute long hill at 50 to 70 rpm cadence and tempo pace (heart rate zone 3 or power level 3, about 84 to 94 percent Functional Threshold Power). Do most of the climb seated and vary cadence up and down through the 50 to 70 rpm range. Every five minutes drop cadence to 30 to 40 rpm then stand up and pedal for about 20 to 30 seconds out of the saddle. Maintain tempo pace during the standing segments. The goal of these standing segments is to freshen up while staying on pace. You will use different muscle groups, feel relief in your butt and low back and stretch your calves and hip flexors. These standing segments should feel refreshing and are not power sprints.
Single-speed specific option: Dedicated single-speed racers will benefit greatly from this session if they flip it over. Pedal standing for 30 mins at 50 to 70 rpm and tempo pace and sit down every 5 minutes for 20 to 30 seconds.
Add this session to your late base training period. If your race has very long steep climbs such as Leadville 100 and Breck Epic, include this workout in your race specific training period prior to your race.
20 mins easy riding 56-75% ftp
3-5 x 10 mins ( min recovery) micro bursts
30 secs "on" @150% ftp
30 secs "off" coasting 0% ftp
15 mins easy riding 56-75% ftp