A guide to racing at high elevation, equipment tips and more for MTB National Championships at Winter Park, CO, why VO2 Max is misunderstood and how to use it, the science behind weight and rotating mass and many more topics will be covered on this week’s episode of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.


Topics covered in this episode

  • A guide to USAC MTB National Championships at Winter Park, CO
  • What it takes to be competitive at National Championships
  • Pacing at elevation
  • Nutrition for XCO racing
  • New race analysis videos!
  • Is VO2 Max trainable?
  • How to deal with a disappointing race
  • The danger of a DNF
  • Does shoe weight matter?
  • Road vs. MTB shoes
  • How to shorten a triathlon plan

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Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a Level II USA certified cycling coach and the host of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. His background in the sport of motocross has translated into a passion for cycling, mountain biking and all things training. If you have a training question, submit your question for Jonathan to answer on the next episode of TrainerRoad’s podcast.

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