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Cross Country Climbing Training Plan Advanced with Power Meter


Drew Edsall

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6 Weeks

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Plan Description

This climbing training plan is a 6 week plan with the goal of building your ability to climb long 6-20 minute climbs faster and more effectively. The training plan is for an advanced rider with experience training with a power meter. The plan will start with a Functional Threshold Test(FTP) to establish your training zones for the remainder of the plan. You will be training 6 days a week with one off day every Monday.

This plan will incorporate a mix of climbing specific workouts that will build your climbing power, along with longer base maintenance workouts on the weekends to maintain and build your aerobic fitness, and will also have mountain bike specific training rides to transfer your gained speed to the trail.

Although not required, I recommend you have 6-12 weeks of base miles in prior to starting this plan. The Foundation Mountain Bike training plan I have would be a good fit.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x5
10:36 hrs 4:00 hrs
Day Off x1
—— ——
MTB x1
1:31 hrs 3:00 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
10:36 hrs 4:00 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
1:31 hrs 3:00 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

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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