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Mountain Bike Training Plans

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Mountain Biking Plans

Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Training Plans

Training Plans for Mountain Biking

What are the Mountain Biking race distances?

Mountain biking is a popular endurance sport raced over a measured course on a non-tarred surface.

The 3 most common race distances are: (from shortest to longest)

  • 40km – 50km or Half Marathon distance
  • 70km – 90km or Marathon Distance
  • 100km+ or Ultra Marathon Distance
Mountain Bike races can centre around a central venue, with athletes return to the transition area between completing each discipline, or be point-to-point, where athletes start at one point and end at a different venue. 

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Choosing the appropriate Mountain Biking training plan

In order to make it easier for you to choose the correct training plan for you, we categorise our training plans along 3 variables:

  • Training hours,
  • Race Distance, and
  • Preferred training measure

Training Hours

We split our training plans based on training hours available to the athlete.
The categories are Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.

Novice – 4 to 8 hours of training per week

Intermediate – 9 to 13 hours of training per week

Advanced – 14 or more hours of training per week

Race Distance

The second variable is race distance:

Road Race Distances

Half Marathon (40-50km), Marathon (70-90km) and Ultra Marathon (100km+)

Preferred Training Measure

Running training zones are expressed in percentage of max heart rate (%MHR), percentage of threshold heart rate (%THR) and percentage of functional threshold power (%FTP).

Training plan version v3.1 = %MHR for bike sessions.
Training plan version v3.2 = %THR for bike sessions.
Training plan version v3.3 = %FTP for bike sessions.

Mountain Biking Training Plans

40 - 50km Mountain Biking Plan

Our Half Marathon Mountain Biking training plans include a Core Strength and Flexibility training plan.

You also get access to our FREE training tools that will help you accurately calculate your training zones. The training plan, therefore, will be adapted to your current fitness levels. 

To view our TrainingPeaks based Half Marathon Mountain Biking Training Plans click on the link below.

Novice Half Marathon MTB Training plans

Training plans for athletes training between 4 and 8 hours per week.

Intermediate Half Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training between 9 and 13 hours per week.

Advanced Half Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training more than 14 hours per week.

MTB Marathon (70 - 90km) Training Plans

Our Marathon Mountain Biking training plans include a Core Strength and Flexibility training plan.

You also get access to our FREE training tools that will help you accurately calculate your training zones. The training plan, therefore, will be adapted to your current fitness levels. 

To view our TrainingPeaks based Marathon Mountain Biking Training Plans click on the links below.

Novice Marathon MTB Training plans

Training plans for athletes training between 4 and 8 hours per week.

Intermediate Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training between 9 and 13 hours per week.

Advanced Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training more than 14 hours per week.

MTB UltraMarathon (100km+) Training Plans

Our UltraMarathon Mountain Biking training plans include a Core Strength and Flexibility training plan.

You also get access to our FREE training tools that will help you accurately calculate your training zones. The training plan, therefore, will be adapted to your current fitness levels. 

To view our TrainingPeaks based UltraMarathon Mountain Biking Training Plans click on the link below.

Novice Ultra Marathon MTB Training plans

Training plans for athletes training between 4 and 8 hours per week.

Intermediate Ultra Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training between 9 and 13 hours per week.

Advanced Ultra Marathon MTB Training Plans

Training plans for athletes training more than 14 hours per week.

Event Specific Programs

While a training plan will increase your chances of success by 100%, no single training plan can prepare you for the rigours and nuances of every event.

Events differ in terms of distance, terrain and technicality. Some events are fast and flat, others are punctuated with short sharp hills, while others may traverse mountain passes.

Should you be serious about getting your best result at a specific event you should have a training program that prepares you specifically for its demands. This would have to be created specifically for you by one of our coaches. 

Complete the questionnaire on our Event Specific program page generator and one of our coaches will contact you. 

Individualised Training Programs

Individualised coaching is for athletes with lofty long term goals.
Work closely with one of our coaches to develop the skills, fitness and tactics necessary to take you to the highest levels in your sport.

We limit our coaches to a maximum of 25 individually coached athletes at a time to ensure the highest quality personalised professional service.

Free Mountain Bike Training Plans

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