What with its short days and soggy weather, the winter is a great time to focus on training to complement your mountain biking. Building strength and flexibility will help get you ready for next season’s riding, whether that’s for racing or for a holiday with your bike.
Emma Cooke spoke to Ben Plenge, founder of Bristol’s MTB Strength Factory, to find out how strength and flexibility work can really help improve your riding. Around half of Ben’s clients (coached in Bristol and online) are female, so we also wanted to find out what the key differences are between men’s and women’s training needs.
Stronger, fitter, faster: MTB Strength Factory’s strap line will certainly appeal to those riders who want to better their own performance, but what exactly does this Bristol-based coaching company offer? Its founder, Ben Plenge, explains: “I offer strength and conditioning to mountain bikers, so they can have more fun and ride faster, through feeling fitter, stronger and gaining the confidence that comes with that.
“I work with anyone who rides a mountain bike, from World Cup racers and national level elite riders, to those who do the occasional, fun race. I also work with people who don’t race at all, but who just want to get better on their bikes – for a big adventure maybe, or their first trip to the Alps, or just to keep up with their buddies on the trails.”