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Mountain Bike Training – Road and Off-Road Biking

The way to make it on top is to train your legs to pedal the bike properly and develop essential skills to keep going. Road and off-road mountain bike training will lead you to have efficient pedal stroke and stable cadence when start to hit the terrains.

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Mountain Bike Training - Get Your Legs Ready

Mountain bike training is essential to prepare the legs on moving the pedal. Road and off-road trainings are best trails to hit for building fitness and fine-tuning. There are lots of advantages on road training even if it is a flat, smooth track. Mountain bike training on the road allows control on different phases on the workout and provides a much easier way to measure intervals, time, and distance. It is advisable to use road bike since bigger gear is much harder to pull on the trail. This builds power to the legs for better endurance especially for enduro race. Road biking helps boost speed and pedal stroke as flat surface prevents changing pace and cadence from time to time. Less injury and fast recovery are other benefits of road mountain bike training. Off-road training is best to develop stability and gives intensity to get along well with different terrain surfaces and trees, woods, rocks, or mud on actual mountain biking event.

Mountain Bike Skills - Practice to Master

There could be no other way to develop mountain bike skills than riding the bike and hit the road. But biking is not just about doing the pedal stroke but also how to keep the wheels speed up and down without causing pain on the legs. Mountain bike training develops skills on weight shift, cadence, steering, climbing, and descending. For beginners, the right way to pedal is important to know first. Pull down will get the bike moving but tiring for the legs. Steer the pedal in circular motion is just one of the mountain bike skills to master. Another one to focus on is cadence. Mountain bikers use low cadence as it offers stability in rough, changing terrains but later learn high cadence through training or practice. Professional bikers target 90 rpm (revolution per minute) as climbing up to the top of the mountain.

Mountain Bike Clubs - Pedal with Others

Mountain bike clubs are not exclusive for professionals; it means beginners are welcome to join. It opens several opportunities for bikers to train and compete with others. This is also a way to master biking skills especially when have the chance to talk with the experts. Look for mountain bike clubs in local community to begin with then later seek for international membership to have the chance to experience different terrains in other parts of the world.

Written by Katherine Murphy

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