Mountain Bike: Marathons and Ultra-Marathons

I intend to pass on to you my experiences and information on the MTB, focusing on marathons and marathons.

Today, Mountain Bike is divided basically into three strands:

Cross Country

Circuits 5 km around, on average, a physical exercise of explosion that requires a lot of technique. The number of laps in each race increases by category.

Marathons And Ultra-Marathons

The difference between the two modes is in the distance. Marathons vary from 45 to 100 km, depending on the category in which you intend to run, with small mid-level technical routes and beaten ground roads. Ultra-marathons are located at distances above 350 km and longer than three days-tracks.


Six to 24 hour runs on circuits with approximately 7 to 12 km laps.

It is notorious the growth of marathon events around the world, which has as main attraction the fact that each participant can explore their ability. This category has attracted cyclists of different ages and sports abilities, since the required technical level is not so high and is an accessible modality to compete, while opening opportunities to travel, meet other cultures and live with friends and relatives, Participating in personal challenges and achievements.

In the foreground, comes the key piece-the bike-and its two options: Hard Tail and Double Suspension. If you are over 40, we recommend the Full Suspension model, which causes less wear after hours and hours of pedaling, and a light and aggressive Hard Tail, more radical and sporty riding for the “little birds”.

Whatever your choice, you need to adjust your bike to its size by going to one of the shops that provide these services (“Bike Fit”) or your coach. The result will be increased performance per cycle and a reduction in known back, knee and back pain.

More importantly, that the right nutrition and training, is the commitment. No “I do not have time”, because nobody has and this ends up being tidy when there really is will.

We recommend training in the morning so you do not change your activity routine, as you only have to get up early. Make a physical assessment and consult a physical education professional or coach who can guide you to get faster and safer results. Two days a week training 1h30 and traveling longer distances on the weekends, will enable him, in a relatively short time, to participate in a homage, and can finish the race ahead of his friends-and ready for the next.

What evidence do you participate in? Look for a test that is within your limits as initiation, because you will not only end it, but you can feel its rhythm in relation to it. Evaluate the safety factor of the event, if it offers a category appropriate to its age group, venue, hotels, while still investing in comfort and fun. Those who have family can not forget the existence of an adequate infrastructure for their members. In the future, they will be key to your results and participation in ever greater tests.

Logistics is an extremely valuable factor in marathons and can be supplied by self-support or by using workshop structures  than by testing. Avoid being on your own-even professional bikers do not give up support. Do not try anything new on exams.

From the start, keep your cool and head cool, not letting yourself get carried away by the colorful tsunami of adrenaline, by the corner of the sneakers fitting the pedals, the vibrant sound of the marches and other impact effects.

Marathon is not won at the start, but keeping the pace and, in the middle of the course, you can feel the pleasure of overcoming several athletes who went flying, as well as those who gave up because they did not want to waste a few seconds to drink water at the support points Or did not take enough supplements. Save your energy for the last few miles, for finishing well is finishing whole. If your goal of getting on the podium has not been realized, the reason is one: your opponents are training more. Make an honest self-assessment of the test, your performance against it, what worked, what went wrong to make corrections, getting ready for the next opportunity.

Very important: never forget your helmet and your bike headlight,, in addition to the radical air it gives you, it can save your life!