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Kinning Cross Blog: Not Riding The Champs?

For cross season and the upcoming Kinning Cross League, we asked Glenn Kinning to give us some insight into his own training and provide some tips to those starting, or looking to improve at the discipline. Glenn is the owner Kinning Cycles, Irish MTB Champ, Commonwealth MTB rider and Worlds Cross rider.   I've heard a load of excuses for guys not riding the Ulster Cross Champs, never mind the all Ireland champs. Some are passable with xmas dinners and family commitments, but not racing as guys are in with the "big boys", "will get lapped" or "can't do the extra lap" is a bit soft. I travelled to Belgium to race the big boys and get lapped, Mallusk is only up...

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Kinning Cross Blog Part VI: Horses for Courses.

For cross season and the upcoming Kinning Cross League, we asked Glenn Kinning to give us some insight into his own training and provide some tips to those starting, or looking to improve at the discipline. Glenn is the owner Kinning Cycles, Irish MTB Champ, Commonwealth MTB rider and Worlds Cross rider.   "It's not a proper cross course" is something that pops up now and again. We had Larne last week; 99% grass, a few corners and a lot of pedalling. The club tried to take the full advantage of what they had. A road mans course? This week it's Ormeau park and a lot will say it's a mountain bike course. If this is the case, then why not adapt...

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Kinning Cross Blog Part V: What Pressure You Running?

For cross season and the upcoming Kinning Cross League, we asked Glenn Kinning to give us some insight into his own training and provide some tips to those starting, or looking to improve at the discipline. Glenn is the owner Kinning Cycles, Irish MTB Champ, Commonwealth MTB rider and Worlds Cross rider.   If I had a pound for each time I got asked this, I'd be getting the beers in. Why does it matter what pressure I, or anybody else, is running? Type pressure is a personal choice, it reflects what riding style a rider wants. A heavier rider won’t be able to go to 15psi. A “road man” will probably opt for a slightly higher psi for those gravel or tarmac...

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Kinning Cross Blog Part IV: Improving

In the run up to cross season and the upcoming Kinning Cross League, we asked Glenn Kinning to give us some insight into his own training and provide some tips to those starting, or looking to improve at the discipline. Glenn is the owner Kinning Cycles, Irish MTB Champ, Commonwealth MTB rider and Worlds Cross rider.   So your have a few races under your belt now and you're looking to improve. Or simply catch that guy that's been finishing one place ahead of you every race. The first thing to do is identify where you're losing time, your weakness. Once you identify it and are being truthful to yourself, it's time to work on it. You need to include more training based...

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Kinning Cross Blog Pt. III: One week to go

In the run up to cross season and the upcoming Kinning Cross League, we asked Glenn Kinning to give us some insight into his own training and provide some tips to those starting, or looking to improve at the discipline. Glenn is the owner Kinning Cycles, Irish MTB Champ, Commonwealth MTB rider and Worlds Cross rider.  So with a week to go the panic may be on. But getting prepared at this stage of the week will help on race day. Keep an eye on the forecast; if it’s going to be wet, it’s going to be muddy. If it's muddy, it's best to have two of everything; practice kit and race kit. The difference this makes is great, no standing...

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