Top racers share their training
plans for Rio de Janeiro
In the world of mountain bike racing,
no one has had more top-level racing
success than France’s Julien Absalon.
He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist
(2004 and 2008), six-time World Cup
series champion, and five-time world
MBA: How many hours per week do
you ride when you are training for your
Absalon: My harder weeks are not
before the biggest races. Before the
big race I ride 13 to 16 hours: two days
training on the road ( 5 to 7 hours) and
four days training on the mountain bike
(around 8 hours).
With the Olympic mountain bike race coming up in Brazil this summer, we contacted some of the sport’s top racers to find out
how they’re preparing for it.
MBA: How much do you normally ride
your road bike?
Absalon: It depends on the time period.
I ride my road bike a lot at the beginning of
the season. After that I ride my mountain
MBA: How do you relax after a hard day
of racing or training?
Absalon: I drink some electrolytes. I eat
what my body needs. And the best is to
have a good recovery massage.
MBA: What other exercises do you do?
Absalon: I do a lot of different activities
during winter. During the race season I do
some gym session work twice a week.
MBA: What are your favorite foods?
Absalon: Japanese food, seafood,
sheep’s cheese and red wine.
MBA: What have you learned from racing in the Olympics?
Absalon: A lot. It is the biggest experience you can have as an athlete. You
can learn from other athletes, from other
MBA: What advice would you give to a
friend who was racing in the Olympics?
Absalon: To stay focused on the goal.
Do not think about the importance of the
The French phenomenon
Julien Absalon: With two Olympic gold medals
to his credit already, BMC’s Julien Absalon knows
better than anyone else how to pull off a win
when the pressure is on. Photo courtesy of BMC FRANCE