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Cross Country Build and Peak Program (Sport / Cat 2)


Drew Edsall

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16 Weeks

Plan Description

This program is geared toward an Sport or Cat 2 Mountain Bike Racer. This program is geared toward a Beginner or Cat 3 Mountain Bike Racer.

This is a great training plan to start 4-8 weeks before your first race of the season.

Over the 4 months of training, this mountain bike training program will build your "racing fitness" so you come into the season strong. The first month is a "Build" month with key emphasis on VO2max, nueromuscular, and Threshold increases. The two months after that are "In Season" race months. The training program will set up your HR zones and then guide you through the weekly workouts with clear and precise workout instructions every day. The mountain bike program is focused on a state and/or regional XC mountain bike championship series, such as your local State, Regional, or National Mountain Bike Series of races. A key part of getting to your peak and being ready to race, is racing likewise this program incorporates racing into it. Starting on the third weekend, you will have the option to race or do an important ride every weekend..

The program will set up your HR zones and then guide you through the weekly workouts with clear and precise workout instructions every day.

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, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
*1 off day per week(Friday)
*All rides that are longer than 2 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 Drew and his coaching 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
10:26:00 04:00:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Race x1
01:40:00 02:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
10:26:00 04:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
01:40:00 02:00:00

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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