Ultra running and road biking

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AndrewSmith    pirate
19/09/2011 at 21:41

Of course it is, in fact the cross training and the reduction in chances of getting injured should enhance your training. Personally I have found doing hilly bike work much better for my running than flat cycling.

Obviously there is no replacement for running miles but there is no reason why you won't benefit from incorporating some cycling

21/09/2011 at 12:28
as smiffy says, doing some hilly biking will definitely help your running. I did Ironman Wales a couple of weeks ago and I knew the bike course was tough so had done lots of very hilly rides before the event.

but due to injury in the months leading up to the race I hadn't done a huge amount in the way of running although the injuries (hip flexor/piriformis) didn't prevent me biking - so I was worried about the run at IMW. as it happened I posted my 2nd fastest IM marathon - and on the toughest run course of those I have done.

something to be said for hilly bike rides!
23/09/2011 at 20:29

I did the UTMB this year. Nearly half of my training was done on the bike (road and MTB) and was mostly hilly. Of the other 50% about 15% was swimming and only about 35% was running.

I would really recommend biking as part of an ultra training programme, especially for trail races - saves your knees, feet, tendons etc.  

26/09/2011 at 08:02

Even if you don't get accepted for the UTMB you may have the chance to opt for the CCC (98km) or TDS (110km). I've done the CCC twice and it's a great race. I will probably be shooting for the TDS this year so as to complete the "Triple".

I would actually advise to try one of the "minor" races first before attempting the UTMB but I understand that it may not be easy to come from UK to the Alps every year.

Btw they have just changed the entry regulations (points) for the UTMB so you might wish to have a look at that.

27/09/2011 at 15:51
Firemonkey 2 wrote (see)

Btw they have just changed the entry regulations (points) for the UTMB so you might wish to have a look at that.

Just wondering in what way? I just looked at the site and so far as I can tell it's still the same as last year:

UTMB® : 5 points acquired in 2010 and/or 2011 (in 2 races maximum)
CCC® : 1 point acquired in 2010 or 2011
TDS : 2 points acquired in 2010 and/or 2011

If anything, has it got easier to qualify for TDS? I thought it was a one race maximum

04/10/2011 at 09:21
Just back from a 2,000 mile road bike trip with 102,000 feet of ascent [carrying panniers].  Prior to that I had done a 100 mile ultra off-road and will be doing the Rotherham 50 on 15th October.  Hilly road biking is the best way ti train for hilly ultras in my opinion - much easier on the knees!
05/10/2011 at 17:17

On the points for UTMB. You're right that the site still says the same thing, 5 for UTMB, 2 for TDS and 1 for CCC. There are a lot of rumours however that due to the high drop-out this year on the UTMB (in my opinion entirely due to the lousy weather and the lengthening of the race) which was over 50%, they were thinking of making it more difficult to qualify - something like at least 2 x 3 point races finished.

Coming all the way from Scotland can't be fun. I don't really have that problem living just 3 and a half hours drive from  Courmayeur.

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