MTB stage racing popularity is on the rise, which is no surprise given amazing events like Trans-Sylvania Epic and Breck Epic on the calendar. Stage races can be the ultimate bike vacation or the ultimate suffer-fest if not prepared for adequately. That’s where LW Coaching MTB training plans for stage racing fit.
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Goal: In terms of racing goals, my big one is the six-day MTB stage race Breck Epic in August. I want to be competitive and finish on the podium at this race. My whole season is about preparing for this race.
Athlete profile: I am 44 and have been racing regularly for about 7 years, with some sporadic racing for years before that. I race gears and am close to my ideal racing weight. I have been able to get decent race results in the past, but would like to take it up a notch or two this year. I usually have about 12-15 hours a week to train, and try to commute by bike a couple of times a week when the weather is warmer. In the past, I have generally used my relatively flat commute to do intervals and sweet spot training. I have a power meter on my mountain bike, and another I switch back and forth between my CX bike and my road bike. I like having some direction and training goals.
Recommended Training plan stack: Masters racer, racing gears and starting out close to ideal race weight:
These are each 12 week plans. Start the Base plan in December, 36 weeks out from Breck Epic. Then progress on to the Build, Race and Peak plan to build speed and climbing strength. Finally follow the stage race plan. This 12 week plan includes pre-race rest, taper and peak.Schedule the final week of the Masters 40+ MTB 5-7 day Stage Race Training Plan to fall on Breck Epic race week.
Goal: Win 7 day MTB stage race
Athlete Profile: 25 yrs, racing gears, experienced, close to ideal race weight
Recommended training plan stack: Elite experienced racer, racing gears, starting close to ideal body weight
Goal: Win single-speed class at Breck Epic as it is the SSSRWC (single-speed-stage-race-world-championships)
Athlete Profile: Badass single-speeder looking to thrive during 6 days of rad racing at altitude in the Colorado mountains on a single speed.
Recommended training plan stack: Single speeder
LW Coaching SINGLE SPEED Cross Country Mountain Bike Base Training Plan
LW Coaching SINGLE SPEED Cross Country Mountain Bike Build, Peak and Race Training Plan
7-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race – Personal Record Plan
Goal: Finish a 7 day MTB stage race
Athlete Profile: 35 yrs, 200 lbs, been riding and getting back into shape for a year. Realistic race weight would be int he 170-180 lb range. Have job wife and kids and limited training time. Finishing a seven day stage is on the bucket list.
Recommended training plan stack: Overweight recreational athlete working on their bucket list
Real case study 11/22/2013:
Goal: I have a mind to race the 6 day MTB stage race Breck Epic for the first time Aug 10-15, 2014. My main goal will be to finish all stages.
Athlete Profile: I’m a 48 yr old Cat 2 racer. Race weight is good. My XC race season typically runs Feb thru May/June.
Recommended training plan stack:
You have 37 weeks to Breck Epic – lots of time to train. That’s great.
12/2/2013 follow Masters 40+ Cross Country Base Training Plan. Start with building a great base for the season.
2/24/2014 follow Masters 40+ Cross Country Build Peak and Race Training Plan. Then build speed and climbing strength for XC season.
5/19/2014 follow 7-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race – Finishers Plan. Polish off the last 12 weeks of training to Breck Epic with a mountain bike stage race training plan.
Goal: What’s yours?
Athlete Profile: Who are you?
Recommended training plan stack: Post your goal and profile in our comments and we can make a case study of you!
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