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The Perfect Two-Week Taper for MTB Enduro Racing, Sunday Race


Matt Miller, MTB PhD

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3 Weeks

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Plan Description

Congratulations on deciding to to take your taper seriously!

I have lots of people ask me: how do I taper for an enduro race?

Enduro is all about having the skill to ride down hills fast, but you also need to be fit!

So what do you do? You train a lot! But if you keep training and training and training, you'll just be tired and you won't ride well!

But this is avoidable; you need to taper so that you can be fresh for race day.

All the hard training is behind you; this taper will help you bring out the best in the fitness that you've gained over the last several weeks or months so that you can feel fresh and fast for your big race.

Inside this plan you will find: strategically placed hard sessions to keep you fresh; strategically planned rest or recovery rides so that you can keep the blood flowing to your muscles; race practice days so that you can find the best strategy for your best performance. This is the same type of taper Seamus Powell used to win two Elite national titles!

This plan is 2 weeks long. Training starts on a Sunday and the race is on a Sunday.

If you need more personalisation, feel free to contact coach Matt at

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB x2
3:00 hrs 2:00 hrs
Custom x2
—— ——
Day Off x1
—— ——
Bike x1
1:30 hrs 1:30 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:00 hrs 2:00 hrs
—— ——
Day Off
—— ——
1:30 hrs 1:30 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Dr Matt Miller - World-leading MTB Scientist


Dr Matt Miller is a specialist MTB coach working with professional and amateur athletes in Enduro, XC, DH and road cycling. He has over 20 international publications and presentations focused on MTB performance, including pioneering scientific research into FTP & Critical Power in MTB, and the very first MTB braking research (BrakeAce). Dr Miller has over 20 years of personal race experience, including at elite UCI XC and EWS races.

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