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Old 05-30-12, 11:58 PM   #1
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Base miles for cross. Road or cross bike?

Just curious. Would you rather get your base miles in the summer on your road bike and then switch to the cross bike when it gets closer to racing? Or....would you just put slicks on the cross bike and get base miles that way?

How do you roll?
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It depends. If you're riding on the road with a group, then probably the road bike is best. If you're alone and want to have a smoother ride, then a cross bike with road 32's at 50-60 psi would maybe make more sense. I'd definitely say the cross bike if you're riding on a rails-to-trails path or something that isn't completely paved.

It doesn't really matter. The important part is you get the miles in. I would say that riding your cross bike at least once a week is a good thing because it will probably have a somewhat different fit and you should be comfortable with it.
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It doesn't really matter. The important part is you get the miles in.
There's the best advice.
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Dont forget the XC running ..
and practicing getting over barriers without losing momentum..
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Threshold intervals on the road bike will give you the best outcome for cross racing.
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I race road bikes in the summer so I do base miles in the winter and early spring. Then around this time of year I switch to my cross bike with road wheels/tires on it and ride with the group just as normal. The cross bike fit is very different and getting road miles on it breaks you into it well.

If all you do is race cross then I would say get your base miles in late spring to mid summer and then start doing intensity training on the road bike. Switch to your cross bike in September and get ready to race in October.

If you ride all year like most racers do then you are always mixing intensity in even on the long rides because you never really loose your base.
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I alternate road and cross bike throughout the summer and try to keep the milage roughly equal between them. This translates to 2-3 rides on the CX for every ride on the road bike. The road rides are good for endurance and strength. I ride the cross bike on the local MTB singletrack. Those rides are good for bike handling and brief, high intensity efforts. As the weather cools down, I'm more inclined to ride the CX almost exclusively on the local CX course.
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As the weather cools down, I'm more inclined to ride the CX almost exclusively on the local CX course.
I think this is a mistake. During the season, you're presumably racing a bunch, so there really isn't much need for "CX-specific" training. If all of your riding is done on a CX track, your fitness will decline over the course of the season. You might not realize how much your fitness has deteriorated, because most people ride less and less as it gets colder and the days shorter.

Lars Boom's training diary in 2007/8 (WK-winning year) is an appendix to "Behind the Stare". His major midweek training session was 3 to 4 hours on the road behind a moto. And pretty much every CX contender takes a mid-season week in Spain to get in training volume.
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I'm a noob (2nd season), so cross skills work is still pretty helpful, but if I'm on the road "training" I'm on a road bike.

My summer "training" was often pulling my toddler in his trailer.

You can push yourself pretty hard on a road ride and not even realize it because the mental demands are often not that great. Simulating a race effort on race terrain will show you where the real limit is.
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