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Intermediate Time Constrained XC MTB Racer - Build/Peak/Race 11 Week Plan

Includes Structured Workouts

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Pete MacLeod

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11 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Plan Description

This plan is recommended for XC racers who have a busy work week but freedom on the weekends. Ideally you would have both a road and mountain bike. But only a mountain bike is needed. A heart rate monitor is required. Power is not required, but it is recommended. Typical weeks will be between 7-9 hours of training, with recovery weeks around 5 hours of training. Most weekday workouts are only 1hr.

Workouts are set up in the workout builder for simple plug and play with most cycling computers and smart trainers.

One of the benefits of this plan is the ability to adapt it to your needs. You have the option to do the Endurance Rides on either your road or mountain bike. Throughout the plan there are scheduled mountain bike specific rides and workouts.

This plan will take you from the start of your build training through your first A priority race. This plan is designed for those who have limited week day availabilty, but 2-3hrs available on the weekends. Plan to spend 7-9 hours a week training.

You will start with the 8 week build period. During this phase the emphasis will be increasing threshold power and speed. The workouts in the build period are designed to improve your starts, increase your power, and improve your handling skills at race pace. The plan concludes with a two week taper before your A priority event.

Throughout the plan you will perform field tests to gauge fitness and there are opportunities to incorporate level B and C races.

If you did not complete one my base plans, or do not know your current training zones, it's recommended to to complete the 1 week Field Test Plan before starting this plan.

Check out my other plans for base and strength training plans as well.

As always, custom plans can be created specifically for your needs, contact Pete at

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB x3
03:55:00 02:30:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Bike x2
02:36:00 02:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
03:55:00 02:30:00
Day Off
—— ——
02:36:00 02:00:00

Training Load By Week

Peter MacLeod

Hold Fast Cycling

Specializing in Mountain Bike Racing, Cyclocross, and Road Racing. Nutritional Review, Guidance, and Planning.

Hold Fast Coaching offers monthly coaching at $250 per month with unlimited communication as well as personalized monthly training plans for just $125.

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  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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