Pro Coach Analyzes his Power Data from XC Race Win
You can analyze a MTB ride with TrainingPeaks, Strava or BrakeAce using power meters, GPS and BrakeAce. Which is better? How can you see uphill and downhill?
It's possible to train your MTB fitness very effectively indoors. Avoid these MTB training mistakes to stay consistent when you are forced off the trails and inside.
We have learned a lot about sports science over the years, so Dr Will O'Connor and I have been doing a podcast since the start of 2019. The goal of the Performance Advantage Podcast is to give you information so that you can help yourself perform better. We often have special pro athlete guest and... Continue Reading →
I have just released a FREE plan that includes 9 days of training! All the workouts can be either synced with your smart training or done inside. We use these exact same workouts with beginner to World Cup athletes around the world! Use this code below to get a 100% discount on this plan: RIDESMARTINSIDE... Continue Reading →
Sam Shaw is a pro Enduro racer and one of the fastest riders in New Zealand. We teamed up with BrakeAce and The Suspension Lab to try to make him faster
The 2020 Reign 29er has been long awaited- and for good reason. It is smooth and fast and a pretty good value. Is this the best bike I ever had?
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE As the off-season approaches you’ll hear a lot of your friends talking about ‘Base Training’. As the winter gets deeper and darker, many will head out on silly long rides in the dark, all in the name of the base. But what the heck is base training? Do mountain bikers actually... Continue Reading →
One of the new plans that has been super popular! Coaching is my passion and my job, but working with athletes one-on-one is super time-consuming. Due to the time-constraints and the importance of the coach-athlete relationship, I have to strictly limit the number of athletes I work with at any one time. And of course,... Continue Reading →
Prescribing strength or flexibility work to mountain bikers is TOUGH. How do I do actually do it? What does this photo mean? Is it this or that? I've tried photos, just words, a combination, explanations, etc., but nothing has been perfect. Riders need to do these movements safely and effectively--all in one place. These new... Continue Reading →
223 rotors, 2 pot brakes and a brake power meter make for a seriously awesome combo! I'm not completely sold on 4 piston brakes but I can be proven wrong! What happens when you take a super fast rider, put them on the trail they ride more than any other trail, and add a brake... Continue Reading →
As a follow on to the two videos I posted on pacing on a descent, here is a splitscreen version. You'll rememeber from these other articles and from my research that pacing is huge, even in descending. To check out more and to get the science, check out: Pacing in Enduro MTB so you can... Continue Reading →
From May to June this year, I took one of New Zealand's top junior riders on a reconnaissance trip to eastern Canada/USA to escape winter. We spent a month total riding and racing on some of the sweetest and most iconic trails on offer! The brake power meter in all its glory before swapping rotors... Continue Reading →
I am often asked what the most important aspects of performance data are for MTB racing and training. My answer is always, “all of it.” Back in the day we only had heart rate. Now we have heart rate plus power meters. And I’m sure one day we will have more. We are in a... Continue Reading →
UPDATE: THIS IS NOW 5 REASONS TO HAVE BIGGER ROTORS!! BrakeAce.com Now that we have learned more about braking, there are a number of things we can do to improve the performance of our brakes. One of the best things we can do to get better performance from our brakes is to have larger rotors.... Continue Reading →
Mountain bike training needs a lot of things: strength training in the gym or at home, intervals, easy rides, skills training, and especially FUN! This new plan has it all, and will even sync to your smart trainer.
The Trance 29er is a perfect bike for XC, Enduro and trail riding on paper, but how does it ride? Is there enough travel? How much does it weigh? I've loved the bike for the last 9 months, so check out the review!
I was super fortunate to be approached by the people behind Team ZWATT to demo their new power meter. They knew that I'd had my fair share of power meters, broken plenty of them, and know what to look for when it comes to MTB power data. Now you may or may not have heard... Continue Reading →
If you have a look through the blog posts on this site, I talk a lot about pacing on descents. This comes from both the research that I've done, and also coaching and my own racing. Now that I've been linking the braking data over video, this kind of thing is really easy to view--you... Continue Reading →
MTB telemetry is here to stay. At the highest level, the sport is the FormulaOne of the trails, and the trickledown effect is evident more every day.
Riding down hills is hard. Not only is mountain biking down hills really physical, but you need to brake at the right places, handle some gnarly terrain, pick the best lines, and pump and flow if you want to go fast. There's a lot to think about and there's a lot for your body to... Continue Reading →
The MTB world was recently rocked by the news that a few top riders have been caught using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). A lot of people have reached out on social media asking my thoughts. ***Before you read further, it is worth noting that I give every athlete the benefit of the doubt, and I... Continue Reading →
When I was coming up through the ranks in cycling, I always made lots of excuses about why I didn't have a coach. And looking back they were all big mistakes! Apart from the fact that the internet was only just starting to become common place back then - and that you couldn't just look... Continue Reading →
I've been wanting to make a plan like this but just haven't had the time! But it just had to be done. And now it's done! It's the workouts and structure that you need and the fun that you want. You don't need to guess. It's only 4 weeks. The workouts are suited for XC... Continue Reading →
I tried my very first singlespeed after my first year of riding. The bike I borrowed was a 26" Santa Cruz Chameleon with a 32x16 gear, complete with a Nokian Gazzaloddi 2.5 front tire and vee brakes. It was sick! I had one hour to ride the bike, so I took it out to my... Continue Reading →
At the mountain bike world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Claudio Calouri and Rob Warner were talking a lot about braking. Riders who appeared to do too much braking went visually more slowly than riders with a "good" braking strategy. And of course, this was apparent in race times. More often than not the riders who... Continue Reading →
Wow. Seamus Powell (KHS Factory Racing) and Jimmy Smith (Fuji Bikes Factory Team) took 1st and 2nd at the 2018 Enduro National Championships! Between the two of them, they had the fastest times on each and every stage at the race. It's been amazing to watch the evolution of these two riders--well done. I can... Continue Reading →
I was never the most fit guy at the races, but by using my brakes smarter than others I was able to put together some good races. My strategy was always to minimize the time I lost on the climbs and to make up time on every corner and every descent. 10 years ago, power... Continue Reading →
What's the best way to get faster in mountain biking? TO GO HARD! That might be what you're thinking... But really, there's a bit more to it. I think most people are pretty well-informed by now and understand that they don't need to be going hard to get a training benefit. Those easy rides really... Continue Reading →
2017 US Enduro Series Champion to be coached by Dr. Matt Miller of MTB PhD In 2017, Jimmy Smith stormed onto the US Enduro scene, winning the overall IMBA Enduro Series in only his first year racing. His strong background in BMX saw that he was able to adapt really quickly to the technical demands... Continue Reading →
It was a great honor to be able to talk about braking and mountain biking on the radio. You can check it out here: Some of the things I mentioned can also be found in these: RESEARCH PRESENTATION: The utilisation of a bicycle brake power meter for cross-country mountain biking World’s first MTB braking... Continue Reading →
YESS!!! This article took a long time. Science wasn't ready to read about something new. In this article we describe what braking looks like during an XC race. This race was short and not overly hilly, but it offers a pretty good indications [for the first time] about how people brake. Believe it or not,... Continue Reading →
Just got back from a week in Australia at the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association annual international conference! It was great to be able to highlight some of our research! And at the same time, I learned heaps from top strength and conditioning coaches. Looking forward to integrate some of these things for my athletes!... Continue Reading →
Have just finished uploading several new training plans...with more in the works! *Check them out here* And don't forget to check out these helpful articles below. Have been loving the feedback on the articles--it's been very inspiring! Why You NEED to Get Fat in the Off-Season This is Why Mountain Bikers Should Be Doing Plyometric... Continue Reading →
One of the most important parts in a training plan is the period of time where no training takes place. That's right, taking time away from workouts is just as important as slogging away through tough interval sessions. If you're an athlete, you'll probably find yourself in one of two categories after a long race... Continue Reading →
Plyometrics are very short, very intense, maximal efforts. By definition, these movements demand as much power as you can produce. Power can be defined as force times velocity--by exerting a maximal effort, you are moving as forcefully and as you can, and by also doing this as quickly as you can, you are producing a... Continue Reading →