How to Build Endurance for XC Racing

Building Endurance for the Mountain Bike Season


Building endurance for mountain biking is really training your body’s ability to overcome fatigue and remain efficient over the duration of your ride or race. Put simply, building endurance makes mountain biking more fun!

Mountain Biking is a dynamic discipline that requires not only aerobic strength but also anaerobic capacity – when you are two hours into a ride and there is a steep hill or rock in the trail, it is mandatory that your effort increase to make it up and over or clear the obstacle. What can you do to ensure you have the strength and energy to stay strong and focused during a long day in the saddle?

Over the winter months and in the early season, endurance development (building your base fitness) is highly dependent on where you live and the weather challenges you face. Spending time cross-country skiing, light running, gravel and road riding with friends, and weight lifting are activities that will allow you to start the season with a strong foundation that you can build upon.

As spring approaches and you turn your attention to the upcoming mountain bike season, here are some things to keep in mind as you begin to build your mountain bike endurance:

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