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Old 12-27-04, 04:20 PM
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Mtn Biker with a Question for you Roadies

Hey Roadies.

So I know the story: lots of mtn bikers do some of their training on the road. Can you tell me what road training is supposed to add to the training program as a whole? Is it just cardio, or is there other stuff involved?

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Depending on your current level of proficiency, road riding can help to improve your cardiovascular system, smooth out your pedal stroke, increase your cadence range where you feel comfortable pedaling, and improve your bike handling skills / coordination at higher speeds. Obviously some mountain bikers may already be very skilled in some or all of these areas. However, I think that most beginner / intermediate cyclists can benefit by cross-training in other cycling disciplines: road, mountain, track, cyclocross... they all have something to offer.
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I've talked to a bunch of MTBers who have tried roading, and they say it does fill a fitness gap of MTBing the way they do it.

They say the thing the roadies do that they are not at first prepared for, is to go hard and keep going hard at a steady high pace. They say MTBers tend not to do that because their power demands are more episodic, and they tend to get a break through the technical stuff where they are not going aerobically flat out.
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Okay! I see. Thanks!

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it took you that long and that huge thread to realize what sds just said, wow.
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Not this thread the other one.
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I assume you meant my other NO ROAD MILES thread on the mtb section. Well, many of the jerks that posted there refused to tell me what exactly road biking did, they just wanted to cram down my throat the idea that if I wanted to turn pro or be any kind of a racer worth her knickers, I had to do road miles, end of story.

Now that SDS has layed it all out for me, I've realized that the jerk mtn bikers over there were wrong, and there are several things I can do INSTEAD of road miles to get the same effect.

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Another thing that road cycling does is allow you to get longer rides in without getting the "beat up" feeling. longer rides mean more endurance, and you'll be able to pass people on the uphill as well as the downhill as the race wears on.
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Back when I was riding both types regularly with the same group of guys, I found that shorter MTB rides gave me just as much of a workout as longer road rides. MTB rides also worked my upper body more than a road ride did. The other thing I noticed was that, while I had a hard time hanging with the road riders on the road, I could drop them easily off-road.
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