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Cross Country 12 Week Build Plan (Cat 2/Sport/Intermediate)

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Cross Country 12 Week Build Plan (Cat 2/Sport/Intermediate)



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12 Weeks

Plan Description

This is a 12 week Build plan for the Cat 2 / Intermediate level MTB Cross Country distance athletes. The Build plan includes higher intensity workouts focused on MTB Cross Country distance. Visit the MTBCoach MTB Cross Country Training Plans page for more details.

Start this plan 12 weeks before your goal race.

The plan focuses on improving vo2max, endurance, and power for XC racing. A core workout three times a week improves balance, handling, endurance and stability. The plans includes device compatible structured cycling workouts. See TrainingPeaks Structured Workout compatibility list for more details.

Workouts are written to use a power meter, a HR monitor or rate of perceived exertion, but using a power meter AND a HR monitor is best for accurate monitoring of progress. The plan includes structured workouts compatible with your smart trainer and device to guide you through workouts in real time.

Visit the MTBCoach Gravel Race Training Plans page for more details.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x4
05:26:00 02:30:00
Strength x3
00:58:00 00:20:00
Other x1
00:09:00 00:10:00
MTB x1
01:48:00 02:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
05:26:00 02:30:00
00:58:00 00:20:00
00:09:00 00:10:00
01:48:00 02:00:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices



MTBCoach is a global endurance coaching company offering over 30 years of endurance racing experience and endurance coaching since 2008. We specialize in helping the Average Joe and Jane compete in endurance cycling and triathlon events. Our remote 1-on-1 coaching and training plans take into account your life and training needs and give balance to meet or exceed your goals.
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  • Completed workouts sync with popular apps like Garmin and Wahoo. Learn More
  • If plan includes Structured Workouts, then planned workouts sync to compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time. Learn More

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