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MTB racing/Road training(7 posts)

MTB racing/Road trainingb_spiwak
Mar 11, 2002 5:50 AM
I consider myself both a road rider and a mountain biker. However, since the trails in my area aren't very close to where I live, I do most (actually, all) of my training for MTB racing on the road. Yesterday I had my first MTB race of the season and I felt like crap; dead tired, I thought I was going to faint! And the wird part is, I'm actually fit on the road! What gives and what can I do to help me on my MTB races on the road?
re: MTB racing/Road trainingMJ
Mar 11, 2002 7:00 AM
sounds like you need to do intervals on the road for offroad race fitness

mtb racing is all about short(er) sustained bursts - training on the road is (generally) about putting the miles, or kilometers as the case may be, in - it doesn't convert easily to a short intense mtb race

or it could just be that it's the first race of the year
Take this with the following caveat: I seldom ride off road . .morrison
Mar 11, 2002 7:01 AM
however, MTB (in my humble opinion) irequires far more anaerobic exercise than road. Road riding, if you are just putting in the miles, is largely areobic (I know, I've probably misspelled half the words here.) Do interval training; climbing, etc.

Hell, I don't know. Why do you want to ride off the road anyway?
re: MTB racing/Road trainingK-Man
Mar 11, 2002 7:50 AM
Appears you have your base miles in, but for MTB racing, intervals (short and long), hill repeats, strength, etc are a must. Look here for some help in training

Apple and oranges..Jekyll
Mar 11, 2002 7:53 AM
I race both (not very well :-(
Here are a few observations. Much of the fatigue I have after a MTB race is from the overall abuse the body takes during the race and not just from powering the bike. MTB requires a lot more work from the upper body and presents a lot more jarring and general abuse to every part of the body. This is what tends to whip me rather than just my legs feeling like noodles.
My legs are generally more tired after a hard road ride/race but my body tends to be more beat up overall after an MTB ride/race.
That said, miles on the road will do wonders for your stamina off road. Intervals will help develop the explosive power needed for clearing obstacles and short accelerations needed during a MTB race. Criterium racing is probably the closest you can get on the road to a MTB race because of the constant acceleration/deceleration involved.
re: MTB racing/Road trainingRayBan
Mar 11, 2002 10:00 AM
I do most of my training on the road too. But in order to be uccessful you mut do intervals and on occasion, train at the levels you plan to race at. Hill work is good to do too. The other thing I do is MAKE sure to spend at least one day a week on the MTB so my body remembers how to ride off road, if I have an important event approaching I try to do up to 50% of my training off road. It seems that MOST of the top level MTB racers (pros) do most of their training on road, to save on the wear and tear of the trails.
Intervalles and upper body /trunk resistance...tempeteKerouak
Mar 11, 2002 10:46 AM
1) Do you get a decent warm-up before the race? MTB goes from the gun. Training on the road is great, but pays off in longer events, if you don't already burn out from the start.

2) Practice intervalles from 3 to 5 minutes and 10 minutes sessions. I suppose you know what to do.

3) train the upper body in resistance, not power. (lift a small weight, extending your arm at the front and hold it for a while, turn the wrist/forearm, change arm... Do a lot of back and abs work-out, lateral lifts and such. Why?

Because road don't prepare you for that, because you need it in the MTB A LOT (balance, traction etc) AND HOW MUCH ENERGY DO YOU THINK YOU WASTE compensating and pulling to stay up. You want to go forward, not sideways.

4) Include one quality technical session in the week. You can do this in any city, find a spot.

bike on!