Friday, February 6, 2009

Preparing for the XTERRA/Mountain Bike Season

If you're getting ready to race mountain bikes or XTERRA this season, then your ability to ride a mountain bike will be the biggest determining factor of your success. Swimming and running well will help, but plenty of fast swim-runners have failed miserably at XTERRA's championship events, when they faced more complete triathletes, with good to exceptional mountain bike skills.

A few years ago, 3-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz recommended the following book, and it seriously changed the way I rode a mountain bike. You will not find a better, more complete, easily read, book on mountain biking. It will teach you the basics and challenge you to ride better with simple drills and ways of thinking while on the bike.

Brian Lopes is one of the most successful mountain bikers ever, and he teamed up with Lee McCormack on this book, to teach the skills he uses to be one of the best ever.

You can buy the book here:
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills

Here's a photo diagram from the book which explains how to do a bunny hop: (Click to enlarge)

This is one example of the diagrams found in the book. They do a great job of breaking down complex skills into simple steps.

Make this your best season ever in XTERRA or on the mountain bike racing circuit, and READ THIS BOOK!

Coach Vance

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