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Collegiate MTB Racing Plan

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Collegiate MTB Racing Plan


Coach Jeff Winkler

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8 Weeks

Plan Description

This plan is 8 weeks long and is designed to end with your Conference Championships or National Championships (mid to late October). The training volume is 10-12 hours per week including both on and off-the-bike time.

Although Gravity riders could certainly do this plan, it is intended for riders competing in Endurance events (XC & STXC).

The plan is designed to start 8 weeks before your "A" race, but here is no reason you couldn't extend the plan by starting earlier. Probably the best strategy would be to do the first 3-4 weeks, take a recovery week, then complete the full 8 weeks.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
MTB x2
03:49:00 02:00:00
Bike x2
02:47:00 01:45:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Custom x1
—— ——
Strength x1
01:52:00 01:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
03:49:00 02:00:00
02:47:00 01:45:00
Day Off
—— ——
—— ——
01:52:00 01:30:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Jeff Winkler

Winkler Cycling


  • USA Cycling Level 1 Coach (Elite)
  • TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach
  • SafeSport Certified
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (ISSA)
  • Ex-Professional Cyclist
  • Political Science (B.A.), Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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