Why was she out there…part 2

I think that a lot of people missed my point on the post about Racheal Atherton and her training accident. Just to make sure that everyone who wants to be mad is mad at me for the right reasons I shot this follow up to clarify a few points…

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  1. Name says:

    I was the first one to post on part 1 of this subject, and since you did a clarify, I will also.
    First of all, I respect what you do and I even use your DB Combos program weekly. I am glad that we have someone who is committed to our sport and wants to make our training methods better, and I understood and agree with the point you were trying to make. You mentioned that some people are negative and look at everything in a negative way, but I can assure you I am not even close to being classified as a negative person, and I did NOT make up my mind about the article before I read it. My problem with it was the way it was presented, which I thought to be in poor taste. Had you posted an article mentioning her accident and wishing her well with her recovery, and then maybe a week or two later wrote an article on the dangers of road biking and your views on how mountain bikers don’t need this type of training I would have thought nothing of it. Whether or not you meant it to be a plug for your system it just came across that way to me. Not trying to scold you or put you down, just sharing my point of view, and you know the common saying about opinions….
    Keep up the good work.

    Reply • February 11 at 1:10 pm
  2. Jakub says:


    I’ve got two ideas why do people train on a road bike to be better in downhill or 4cross. If you have some free time, please, explain to me what is wrong in these, as I am still not convienced to your anti-traditional outlook. (hah, today I told my 4x buddies about omitting riding road base miles and they just derided me).

    1) Road riding as an isolated exercise to improve pedalling power and efficiency. How ever important downhill skills and fitness are, you cannot say that being able to pedal hard throughout the course isn’t helpful. I know guys that have an excellent technique, but could be much faster if they hadn’t run out of pedalling power during the race – so they start to train it on a road. What’s wrong with that? (not talking about a road bike instead of mtb or doing base miles instead of intervals now.) I know that in the “real life” all the muscles and skills work together, but some people want only the pedalling power to be improved and terrain training is just much harder to grasp and control (too many variables).

    2) Even if we choose to train pedalling power on the trail, our body has an ability to adaptate to the type of abuse we exert on it. Adaptation means lack of progress. I feel that road training is a kind of a variety in this “narrow-minded” dh riding (- not even riding a long miles, training sprints/intervals but in a different surrounding), something that will stop our stagnation – isn’t it like that?
    Now, let’s take it backwards – road training is our base training, and when body adapts to it – we switch ourselves to more specific, trail riding – so that stagnation in our development will come not until the end of a season. I believe this is how some people understand this traditional point of view of training (that doing specific speed training without base miles will affect only in a short-term fitness) – again, what’s wrong with that?

    Another point that caught my attention is how often you tend to compare traditional mtb training systems to a road riding ones (for example, in the second half of this video). You say that mountainbiking is a different sport than roadbiking and we need different training approach (with a pressure to cutting off base miles etc.). But, actually, it’s not about road riding itself – sprint runners also have the period of long running before training pure speed (at least as far as I know, may be wrong though…). That’s only my little digression, it seems that traditional training attitude has deeper roots than just road riding…

    I hope you understand my points. I want to fully comprehend and believe your methods (as they seem logical in many cases and are much less time-consuming than traditional attitude), but they are quite controvertial…

    Merry Chrstmas and happy new year 😉

    Of course, by writing “what’s wrong with that” I remember what you said at one time – that it’s not actually wrong, but not good enough/could be better.

    Reply • December 28 at 3:29 pm

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