Getting back in the saddle – mountain bike training programme

Since I’ve decided to race in a few legs of the Scottish Cross Country Series this year I suppose I should think about some sort of mountain bike training….

Of course, rather than getting out and doing some exercise I thought it would be far more productive to spend a good couple of hours sitting on my ass researching bike training programmes – far more useful doncha think? Well, the guys over at Bike Radar have put up some good tips which I thought I’d post here as they cover not only the practicalities of training – what, when and how long on the mountain bike – but also an interesting article on how to get motivated to actually go through with it, something which I stuggle with more than the training itself.

Check out the motivation article here:

To be fair, many of the tips from the mountain biking pros are pretty common sense, but it’s always good to be reminded, and just reading it gave me a bit of a motivation boost so it’s worth a look.

So, once you’ve got your motivation – what to do with it? The second part of the Bike Radar article details some handy tips and a few little games that you can play with your mates when out on the bike just to get you working. The programme they’ve listed at the end looks pretty decent too so I’m gonna have a go at it over the next month in preparation for the Contin leg of the Scottish Cross Country Series on the 25th of April. Have a look here for the programme itself:

I’d love to hear of any other training programmes that people have found useful for their mountain bike fitness. I tend to get bored pretty easily so I’ll no doubt be tired of the Bike Radar one within a fortnight!

[tags] mountain, bike, biking, training, programme[/tags]


Colin started mountain biking in the early 2000s and has haphazardly, and with barely increasing skill, dragged his bike around the majority of Scotland's trail centres since then. Colin has oodles of hard earned experience in how NOT to do things - listen, be warned and don't repeat his mistakes...   More about Colin... Google+ Colin

7 Responses

  1. Craig says:

    Would really like to talk to you about some of your blogs. Working on a web page to do with Mountain Biking around the UK, particularly Scotland and Wales, and some of your articles are very helpful.
    Say hello if you have a moment, at the email address above.

  2. Colin says:

    Hi Craig, cheers for getting in touch, I’ll email you in a bit.


  3. Aaron says:

    Hi Colin, Good website from what I’ve seen so far. I’ve added you to my future reading to see what you write. I have an article on my blog about future developments at Scottish trail centres you might be interested in – there’s some interesting things to look forward too next year!
    See you around!

  4. Craig says:

    Hey Colin,

    Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look through the site – – my contact info is on there, still keen to talk to you about hosting some of your blogs.


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