Pro mountain bike racers Payson McElveen and Sofía Gomez Villafañe joined us live from the main stage at the Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road for a deep dive on endurance mountain bike training and racing.

Topics covered in this episode

  • How do pros taper for endurance mtb races
  • What do pro mountain bikers eat?
  • How to choose between a hardtail and full suspension
  • How the pros handle flat tires in a mountain bike race
  • How to pace a long mountain bike race
  • How to get by slower riders on singletrack
  • Pro tips for sandy descents
  • How the pros handle on the bike nutrition
  • What type of training do pros do during the race season
  • How to resist cravings and maintain race weight
  • What the pros do to adjust for high elevation
  • How pros make their tire choices

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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.