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Training for a mtber switching over(4 posts)

Training for a mtber switching overbstarr
Jul 5, 2002 6:27 PM
I'm a MTB rider of moderate skill level who's never done any touring or road riding, but I've signed up to ride in an MS150 in Oct. I'm wondering what I should do in terms of training and preparation. Also, I don't want to (actually, can't) buy a new bike. Will a pair of slicks and an aerobar be enough of a conversion for this non-competitive event?
You won't be the only onefiltersweep
Jul 5, 2002 7:26 PM
With "moderate skill" you will be at a huge advantage over most riders, and the slicks should slow you down sufficiently to travel with the herd, and the aerobars will keep you comfortable (though I've always wondered what possessed ANYONE to bolt those to a mtn bike... ).

You will, however, feel like you are riding an MS250!
How about a road sprocket cassette?Markus_B
Jul 6, 2002 3:52 PM
I don't know what a "MS150" is (I guess it's a long distance road touring event?), but I have used my MTB for road touring events in Germany for several years. Meanwhile I own of a road bike, too.

The most noticeable difference is the tires (so buying slicks seems to be a good idea). Then the riding position is more aerodynamic (Do you have the possibility to flip your stem or swap some spacers from below the stem to above the stem?) and the gearing steps are smaller. And, last but not least, a rigid fork that won't pump (if you have an air spring fork you could inflate some extra pressure).
re: Training for a mtber switching overpa rider
Jul 8, 2002 6:54 AM
Hi Bstarr. I'm a mtb and started road ridingin 1992 with my cannondale mtb then. I used smoke tires than, which were 1.9 wide, and pumped them up max psi (65 or 75 if I remember correct).

I used the avocet 1.6 tires and found they helped, but not alot. If you don't want a narrow pair of tires, see if the hutchison tires are worth trying.

Try riding a few 60 mile rides. We have our MS 150 this weekend and I found that the two 75 mile days need saddle time training.

I raced a 101 mile mtb race in 1993 and trained 90% of the indurance for that race. My race was 8 to 9 hours long, so I trained with 5 to 7 hours of riding. Set you goal to realistic numbers.

You should figure that the MS150 ride time be 75 miles divided by a 14 average (worst case) being 5.5 hours long. So to train you should ride for 4 to 4.5 hours and see what's your average (you may get 60 miles). You should do some hills, so that you can get some endurance building.

My friends do the ms150, but I toured a few times where we do 65 miles three days straight. The second day will be the hardest, so don't race people while riding on saturday. You'll pay for it on sunday. I found if you stretch after a ride that you body also recovers well, plus eating carbs help.

It's hard to train for a multi day ride other than riding two days straight to see how you can handle the event. i found from touring if you ride a slower pace (13 to 14 average), you body doesn't wear down and riding isn't that hard.

Just giving you some pointers, not everybody going to agree with them.

Emory