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Mountain Bike Fitness Training Paperback – 1 May 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; New Ed edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840188588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840188585
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Metcalfe is a writer and academic based in the UK. He first started writing for magazines in the nineties and his work has appeared in Dirt, MBR, Australian Mountain Bike, MBI, On The Hill and Singletrack.

His first book Mountain Bike Fitness Training was published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and received wide acclaim. His second book Dividing the Great saw John venture into travel writing and it quickly became no.1 Kindle bestseller in American travel.

Articles from his Ph.D. have appeared in several academic journals and his philosophical musings have been published as chapters in academic books.

His debut novel Praesagium follows three strangers who are preoccupied with their own futures. But when their paths cross in Mexico none of them had foreseen the outcome...

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Take the guess work out of your training by buying this book. Verdict: 9/10. -- What Mountain Bike

About the Author

John Metcalfe is first and foremost a mountain biker, but also a sports scientist and a mountain bike journalist. He races in regional competitions and ultra-distance events and is an experienced expedition mountain biker. He has lectured in sports science for six years and contributed to many of the country's leading mountain bike magazines.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By craig on 22 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a meaty read and quite heavy on the science aspects of training. But Metcalfe uses clear mountain bike examples to get his point across. I liked the step by step approach which helped me build a training plan that was specific to me. I aim to go through the processes outlined in the book each year to update my training programme. For this reason it is well worth the money and is a valuable reference guide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cortez on 18 July 2005
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This was just what I needed to give my performance a boost. I had been training haphazardly for years and wasn't really improvong each year. Using this book enabled me to organise myself and sort out a training program. I have got fitter and my results so far this year are showing that I'm improving. If you want to save youself time and effort get hold of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nerrad on 18 Feb. 2011
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The front cover may look a bit 'old school', however the information inside is very informative on how to tune your training. Great book well worth a read if your considering mtb for fun or racing!
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By Amazon Customer on 9 Nov. 2014
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Very good. If you this geeky about your MTB training then you going to read a couple of these anyway. They all say similar things in slightly different ways which is what you want to know if getting skilled up to do your own training program.

Also hearing that is reassuring in that the basics you need to do are quite well defined. On the next revision the author should have a look at the Mountain Bike Training by Schmidt and put more tables and graphs in this one.
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By Reviewster on 20 Oct. 2014
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The book is pretty complicated and hard to follow. I feel as though its probably aimed at professionals or semi pros. The routines in the book are confusing and not very helpful for me as I only wanted a few tips and simple routines to increase my fitness a bit. It is probably very good for pros or people who have enough time to do hours of training every day. Also the book is a bit outdated as it only caters for either downhill or XC riders.
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Pretty technical book - a lot more complex than I was expected but following it through and it will help. Probably a little more scientific than I necessarily wanted - was looking predominately for more exercise plans, but its an interesting read none the less
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