5 Winter MTB Training Tips | Mountain Bike Training


Training in winter can be really hard work and pretty miserable But we’ve got 5 hacks to make it more fun, enjoyable, and even bearable during those long cold winter months I’ll take bearable My winter training tip is to add a bit more variety to your training I used to ride a road bike an awful lot in winter and it’s not secret that all the top mountain bike pros do the same thing So ditch the mountain bike, get out the road bike, do some big long rides Its great for your cardiovascular fitness Winter is a great time to get out and explore It could be that you’re going to a new location Or it could be that the trails that you ride all year round You actually want to go and ride something a little bit different Have a look at the trail map, for example, you get to wherever you’re riding and go explore the areas that you’ve not been before As a racer, winter is all about getting the base miles Especially early winter So think long, low intensity rides Personally, I used to get out the old OS maps and just go for some massive, really mellow cross country rides Now, if you are gonna want to go out training during the winter months Then chances are, you’re going to have to wrap up warm coming from Scotland, this was one of the hardest things I had to do when I was racing pro it would be wet, it would be muddy, it would be cold and the motivation to go mountain biking was pretty low but I didn’t have a choice, and I had to do exactly that I had to wrap up. Start with a base layer, go on to my riding jersey and then finish off with a jacket just to keep me warm, dry, and hopefully keep me riding for longer Don’t forget to reward yourself It’s probably taken some extra motivation to get out training during winter so why not stop at the cafe or the pub on the way home? You’ll have burned so many more calories anyway Garcon, chocolate cake, please Nice Tip #5 is to set yourself some goals That could be a certain mileage I used to try and set myself a goal of sort of 40 miles off road And that’s really gonna help that motivation to get out there and do it It could be all about making way points So you don’t have to make yourself one loop in an area You could do different ones, where you could actually cycle from cafe to cafe Or even pub to pub Anyway, if you want to watch some more videos from GMBN and particularly some training ones why don’t you click just down here for the “Gym Training” playlist And click down here for the “Epic Ride” playlist So you can see some of the big rides we’ve done in the last couple years Don’t forget to click on that globe somewhere right just about here and you’ll get to subscribe ’cause by subscribing, you get a great video every day of the week Give us a thumbs up if you like training in winter