Browse More Plans

Leadville Trail 100 - 12 Weeks to Victory - Classic Zones - MTB Mountain Bike

Includes Structured Workouts

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


Learn More about Structured Workouts.

Author

Tim Cusick - Coach of World and National Champions

All plans by this Coach
No Ratings

Length

12 Weeks

Refund Policy

This plan is protected by our Refund Policy and may, with the author's approval, be exchanged for a plan of equal value from the same author.

Still have questions about this plan?
Includes Structured Workouts

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


Learn More about Structured Workouts.

Plan Description

Leadville Trail 100 MTB: 12 Weeks to Victory


written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO product leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures


WKO structured plan


Plan overview

Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 12-week plan was written by Tim Cusick, the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, to prepare you for the world-famous Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. The plan is designed for an intermediate/advanced cyclist who already has a general base fitness and is ready to step up the hours, time, and intensity to prepare for this grueling event. This comprehensive training plan uses classic training zones and is designed for use with power, heart rate, or perceived exertion. It includes three specific training cycles with threshold testing throughout and an event taper at the end. Workouts are progressive and include fatigue resistance, micro-intervals, and new secret double workouts to push you to your peak! You'll also get tons of training and event tips too, plus a free nutrition eBook, to make this your best event ever.


The Leadville Trail 100 race is not just a marathon bike race; it has a total elevation gain of over 11,000 feet, including a 10-mile climb that reaches an oxygen-lacking elevation of 12,600. Whether you're trying to win the race, earn a belt buckle for the under-9-hour mark, or just finish within the time constraints, getting prepared is crucial.


The workouts can be used in the traditional format or as structured workouts, which load automatically to select devices (Garmin, Zwift, RGT, ErgVideo, TrainerRoad, Racermate, and more) so you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your device.


Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coach Cusick's training goals at the beginning of each training cycle
- Coaching tips on training, dealing with weather, event prep, and more
- Nutrition eBook from Anne Guzman


Need help loading your structured works to your device or smart trainer? Click here to read instructions.


More plans
Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type and click here for a comparison chart of his major plans.


Questions?
Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions about our training plans. If you don't find your answer there, please email Coach Kathy Watts.



Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTBx6
12:46 hrs 6:30 hrs
Day Offx1
—— ——
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB
12:46 hrs 6:30 hrs
Day Off
—— ——

Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Tim Cusick

Velocious Endurance Coaching

Tim Cusick is the TrainingPeaks WKO product leader, the owner of Velocious Endurance Coaching, and the leader of BaseCamp. His expertise in training, racing, and data analytics offers a unique approach to training that guides his clients to amazing success. He currently coaches world champion Amber Neben, road pro Emma Grant, Rebecca Rusch, and other pros and racers. Over 100 plans for all cycling disciplines. Need help picking a plan? Fill out our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/bkGSAYA9VzV9tsq22.