This plan is designed for those that have a background in mountain biking and have completed several endurance mountain bike races, or have an extensive background in mountain bike racing. This plan assumes that you're comfortable with rides over 4 hours, and have a good endurance base from which to build. This 16 week plan is designed to push your fitness and prepare you to ride off road for multiple days at a time.
It starts with a 4 week block of training primarily focused on building endurance to insure you're able to handle the increased training volume. Then it combines the workouts necessary to push your top end speed as well as the volume needed to sustain a top end pace over a longer distance. Expect 5 days of riding, 1 strength day, and one off day. Long rides are on the weekends, with shorter interval and tempo rides being performed during the week. Access to a heart rate monitor or power meter are necessary to take full advantage of this training plan.
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