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 around your weakness, but at the same time don't let your strengths suffer. Don't change training, just include a session to improve. If it's running, include a small jog in training. If its losing time on hills do more hill reps. If it's cornering again buy cones and set out a course for yourself.
One session isn't going to fix it. It will take a few weeks and once you get comfortable with the training, you'll be able to expand on it and use it as your secret weapon.
- Glenn Kinning
Kinning Cross Blog
Pt. I: Preparation
Pt. II: Training on the easy side of hard?
Pt. III: One week to go
Part IV: Improving
Limited Edition Print Series
Our specially commissioned print series for this year's Kinning Cross League, complimenting our leader's jersey design. Alongside this overall series print, we've created artwork for all four rounds inspired by each course's unique features and obstacles. Floodlit night racing, velodrome finishes, beach sections and brutal hill climbs - plenty to look forward to this winter. Also available at each round:
Kinning Cross League 16/17
Friday 23 September - Orangefield Park (Floodlit)
Sunday 23 October - Ice Bowl Cross
Sunday 1 January - Hazelbank
Sunday 15 January - Stormont Cross