Browse More Plans

Cross Country Second Race Peak (Beginner/Cat 3)

Browse More Plans

Cross Country Second Race Peak (Beginner/Cat 3)


Drew Edsall

All plans by this Coach


8 Weeks

Plan Description

This mountain bike training plan is geared toward a Beginner or Cat 3 Mountain Bike Racer.

This training plan will set you up to peak for the second time this season. It is best to start after a break from training. It would be best to time the start of this program 4-6 weeks before your planned 2nd peak.

This Mountain Bike Training Plan is a 2 month training plan geared toward the In Season Racer looking to peak for the 2nd time this year, and who wants to see fitness built while racing. The training plan takes into account the importance and options of racing throughout the season. Starting your first weekend, you will have the option to race or do a breakthrough ride on the weekends when not racing.

The 2nd Peak program is meant to get you to another peak at the end of your season. The first month is focused on building up your fitness level and the second month is meant to bring you to a peak for the last two weeks of the program.

This two month program using a combination of High Intensity intervals, Pmax intervals, VO2max, Threshold and aerobic maintenance workouts to get you recovered for racing, and also build up to a second peak.

You will need access to a heart rate monitor and will need to know how to use it. You can do the training on a road or mountain bike.

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:

*7-10 hours of riding per week
*2 months of pre-designed workouts with the option of racing or doing a hard training ride every weekend
*5 days of riding per week(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
*2 off days per week(Friday)
*All rides that are longer than 90 minutes will be scheduled on weekends
*Rides during the week range from 45-90 minutes
*Clear and precise instructions on how to execute each workout
*When looking at the graph below you will recognize that the hours on the schedule appear longer then what I have described above. This is because the hours are based on both the racing workouts and optional hard workouts combined. Most weeks will be 2-3 hours shorter then shown on the graph below. Every week you will have two workouts on Saturday and two workouts on Sunday. If you have a race that weekend, then you do the race specific workouts on Saturday and Sunday(1 workout each day). If you don't have a race, then you do the other workouts those days. This is all specified in the start up document also.

How it Works

Load Your Plan

Quickly view upcoming workouts in the TrainingPeaks app.

Workout and Analyze

Upload completed workouts from your favorite tracking app or device.

Track Your Progress

Get feedback, stay on top of your training and perform at your best.

Learn More

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
07:54:00 02:30:00
Day Off x2
—— ——
Race x1
01:52:00 02:00:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
07:54:00 02:30:00
Day Off
—— ——
01:52:00 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.

  • This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
  • Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • 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

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?
| Premium

24% Off

Bundle your plan with TrainingPeaks Premium, and you'll unlock our progress-tracking tools, plus the freedom to move workouts to fit your schedule.

$94.99 USD for the first year, billed yearly.

$79.00 - Buy Now