During a recent mtb ride, I got cramps in both quads about 13 miles into a 17.5 miler while climbing. I stretched them and my calves and hammies at the top of that climb before going down. I then cramped later walking up a steep HAB trail. I couldn't straighten out my legs or my quads would cramp. I was forced to just stand there semi-crouched or slowly shuffle. Near the top, the cramps subsided and it felt good to get back on and ride after that. For what it's worth, I never cramp while riding and was well hydrated (or so I thought), had consumed 2 gels and a cliff bar during the ride. So what gives? Electrolyte issue? Maybe I just rode harder than normal with all the other riders around as this was an organized ride?
Last edited by bikeme; 05-21-12 at 01:21 AM.
just another gosling
You overcooked your legs. When you get into better condition, this will stop. IMO, the best way for a MTB rider to do that is to train on a road bike.
Interesting. Although is was not a race, everyone was trying to crush each other on the climbs. I certainly was trying to hold off guys from catching or passing me. I have a road bike but need to get on it more than I am. I did a recovery ride on it today and it was a welcome change.
Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
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I did 42 miler over the weekend and got a cramp in my right hip flexer. I thought it was because I was low on electrolytes.