This post is part of the Leadville 100 MTB FAQ.
There’s no single magic way to train for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Racers have a very wide range of experience and different goals. Each person also has different strengths and weaknesses.
I did my first mountain bike race in 1989. I’ve done 6 solo 24 hour mountain bike races and even longer races on the road. 2007 was the first year since then that I haven’t done at least a couple races. Even if I don’t train, I have good endurance but get really slow. I know other people that seem to still be fast when they’re out of shape but they don’t have much endurance.
Even though everybody is different, there are general training principals for everyone. Based on your strengths and weaknesses, the focus will be different. Even though I’m writing these training tips as part of the Leadville 100 MTB FAQ, they apply to any 100 mile or similar length mountain bike race.
I had started this post last year as one big post and it got out of hand. I shelved it and never posted it. Now I’m breaking it in to smaller pieces so it’s more manageable. Below are the training topics I plan on covering but may make some changes as I go.
- Cross Training
- Bike Handling Skills
- Base Training
- Build Phase
- Consistent Training
- Long Rides
- Road Riding
- Other Training Resources