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Bikepack Racing 101

By Lynda Wallenfels I’m sure you have heard about this bikepacking thing. Interest and participation has recently exploded. It is new and exciting! Most bikepacking races have seen field sizes double and new course records established this year. I had the privilege in April 2011 of establishing a women’s course record at Arizona Trail Race 300 being the first woman ever to finish that event. In…

How do I prevent muscle cramping during MTB races?

Athlete Question: I cramped up badly racing Park City Point 2 Point? What can I do next time to prevent that happening? Coach Lynda: When athletes cramp in a mountain bike race it is most often the large working muscles in the legs that go first. Cramping is a painful experience and always slows you down. So what causes muscle cramping?…

How to race your best MTB Stage Race

For some people, stage races are bike vacations. For others, stage racing is an intense week of racing. I’ve done it both ways and I’m not sure which was more fun! Whichever end of the spectrum you are on, nailing your race goal (finishing with a good experience or placing) takes some planning and care.   Here is what a typical stage…