Having a training program specifically for Gravity Enduro racing is critical to your success. To become a successful Gravity Enduro mountain biker, you will need to train specifically for the repeated high power outputs typical of downhill racing and combine this with a high level of fitness for climbing. As is also critical in downhill racing as an Enduro rider you will need to have great core stability and upper body strength. Mental toughness is a key ingredient often overlooked however the most important ingredient to a mountain biker is his or her skills.
Enduro (ND) is a relatively new format which appears to have taken some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. Mountain bike enduro is essentially the competitive side of the mountain biking format often referred to today as "All-Mountain". It is a stage-race format where the winner is the rider who accumulates the lowest combined time from the various timed sections.
PCS has a strong understanding of how these principles should be developed for Gravity Enduro races incorporating them into our Gravity Enduro specific MTB training programs to improve skill, strength, speed, mental toughness and efficiency.
Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Racing
Mountain bike enduro competitions typically take place over the course of 1 or 2 days, however, week-long enduro competitions do also exist. A typical one-day enduro race consists of 3 to 5 timed "special" stages which take place on technically demanding, generally descending terrain. These special stages are linked by predominantly ascending "liaison" stages. Although a rider's specific performance on the physically demanding liaison stages does not affect his or her result, the liaisons are often associated with a time-cut off (i.e. a latest permitted arrival at the summit of the next special stage).
Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Training with PCS
Regardless of the specialist discipline you choose, the training year will typically consist of a general preparation, specific preparation and a competition phase and off-season, with the length of each phase dependent on the competitive schedule of individual athletes. Enduro riders typically do the majority of their training on the trails however this discipline will incorporate some gym work to develop the specific strength and power characteristics required for the sport, especially during the pre-season. Regardless of the discipline, all riders need to develop the technical skills to be able to control and stabilise their bikes on the various off-road terrains they encounter and a large percentage of the training time will be specifically on skill development.