Training for MTB Enduro, Downhill and Cross Country

Training for Mountain Biking places specific demands on riders.  Between the different MTB disciplines there are very different physiological and tactical demands, however in all of them technical ability and physical robustness is highly important.

  • XC Racing places a high demand on aerobic & muscular endurance, whilst also requiring efficient technique.
  • Enduro racing at a beginner to intermediate requires a high level skill riding a variety of types of trails, and a solid aerobic base. As riders progress onto a advanced level, race duration increases with some races being longer than 30mins (for timed stages). This means there is greater demand placed on Muscular Endurance & Recovery.
  • As with Enduro, DH requires a very high level of skill just to reach an intermediate level in this discipline. With races being shorter the physical demands are focused around, Muscular Endurance, Power & Speed.
  • In all these disciplines a high level of robustness is required. This means reducing the risk of injury & ensuring riders have good movement patterns in order to be technical competent

These coaching packages have been put together specifically for mountain bikers, bearing in mind the importance of bike skills and off-the-bike strength training. They have been designed for typical riders as a guide of what  support we can offer within the price range.However, we can adapt these packages depending on your needs.

Strength & Conditioning

Strength & conditioning training is a great way to improve Fundamental Movement Skills, Power, Robustness. You dont need expensive equipment or access to the gym to benefit from a strength plan. Many riders can make significant improvement with just body weight exercises.

*Strength plans are included for all packages. But riders are required to take part in a minimum of one face to face screening session to ensure the suitability & safety of the strength plan. This costs £50 per session in addition to the cost of the plan, for Bronze & Silver, but is included in the cost of Gold. This can be carried out online for distance customers.

Please take some time to peruse the packages and below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



Per Month

  • Training Plan in 2 Week Blocks
  • 1 Custom Session per week
  • Fortnightly Training Review
  • Basic Strength Plan
  • Plan Updates Changes
  • Session Feedback Analysis

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Per Month
  • All elements of Advanced
  • Monthly Face to Face Coaching/Testing/Training Session
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1-2-1 Coaching and Fitness Training

Training guidance tailored for you – Delivered using up-to-date coaching methods & Training Peaks online platform

What’s the aim of 1-2-1 Coaching?

The aim of 1-2-1 coaching is to help you to achieve your bike riding goals, that may be race results, but it could also be improving fitness for health and enjoyment. We are experienced in training riders racing MTB, Road & Cyclocross events and also non-competitive recreational riders.

Part of this process is training guidance in the form of a training plan. Mentoring support will also help you improve technically, tactically and psychologically.

Why choose Michael Guilford for 1-2-1 coaching?

All coaching is delivered by Michael Guilford , who is an experienced racer and coach. Michael will hone down on the key elements for you, maximising improvement. He has an open, encouraging style of coaching, and endeavours to adapt to riders from a wide range of sporting backgrounds.

Qualified with British Cycling as a Level 3 MTB coach and Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Trainer, he has 100s of hrs of relevant coaching and bike racing experience.

Whats the coaching process?

  1. Initial Consultation – Rider & Event Profiling.
  2. Set Performance Benchmarks/Objectives
  3. Deliver Training Guidance
  4. Evaluate Progress

Performance coaching is usually delivered using Training Peaks online platform, with face to face coaching support when required.

Is there a minimum coaching period?

Coaching is run on a rolling 1 month basis, so you can cancel at anytime and finish at the end of the last month paid for. However, we do recommend you go into coaching with the expectation to try 3 months minimum. This is because coaching is individualised and it takes time to understand each rider and creat a plan that achieves results. When given feedback we can always create a plan that will work for you.