r is for run­ning

Cycling Weekly - - FEATURE -

Some top cross rid­ers claim to do no run­ning at all, while oth­ers are con­vinced that pound­ing the trails al­lows them to eke out ad­van­tages come race time. But un­less it’s an ab­so­lute quag­mire or you’ve bust your bike, most mod­ern cross in­volves very lit­tle sus­tained run­ning. In­stead it’s re­quired in awk­ward fits and bursts on sur­faces Parkrun wouldn’t touch with a barge­pole (there’s a rea­son you’re not rid­ing your bike at this point).

If you are go­ing to bother slip­ping into some train­ers for the sake of your cross per­for­mance, there are two things worth con­sid­er­ing: it’ll at least fa­mil­iarise your mus­cles with the move­ment of run­ning; and it’s worth do­ing some in­ter­vals that recre­ate those tricky race sce­nar­ios.

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