August 18, 2013 cburnham

4-Month Mountain Bike Base-to-Race Training Program

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This is a 4-month (16-week) plan to bring a Mountain Biker from base training, through the build period, and into race fitness.  This program would work well for Cat.3 through Cat.1 mountain bikers and for any mountain biker that is time constrained.

This program does end with an “A” level race but you don’t necessarily need to have a race to peak for, but you will ready for one if you do.  If you don’t have a race then we will use that day to repeat the field test done at the beginning of the program to evaluate gains.

Before beginning the program the athlete should have 4 – 6 weeks of consistently riding 4 – 5 days a week.  Weekly hours for this program will vary from 8 – 10 hours but you will have the ability to adjust this somewhat for your available training time. Email support is also included in this program.

Click here for a sample week.

If you have any questions please contact us here.

***This program is Training Peaks Compatible***


Q: Is this program appropriate for a new mountain biker?

A: Possibly.  If you have been riding pretty consistently for a while but haven’t trained seriously then yes it would be good for a beginner mountain biker.  If you are brand new to the sport and have been riding for less than a year then this might be a little advanced.  We offer a few other programs that would be more appropriate, or contact us for a customized program.

Q: What if I have questions on the workouts or program?

A: You can contact us at any time via email.

Q: Do I need to be training to race to use this program?

A: No, this program will get you ready to race but is not required.  The goal of the program is to create a well-rounded cyclist that could compete if they desire.

Q: I primarily ride road bikes.  Would this program work?

A: It would, but the 4-month Race to Base for Road Cyclists would be more appropriate.  Our suggestion would be to choose the program that is associated with your primary sport (i.e. if you primarily race mountain bikes but do a few road races you should choose the Mountain Bike program).

Q: Does this program include any nutritional guidelines?

A: No, this program doesn’t include a nutritional guide.  Contact us if you are interested in that service.

Q: Do I have to start this program on a specified date?

A: No, you can start this program whenever you desire.