Brute Squad 2019

BMA's Endurance Training Club

  • Have you ever wanted to try a long race, ride, or multi-day tour, but were not quite sure how to prepare?
  • Have you ever participated in one of these events and felt that you fell short of your full potential?
  • Are you looking for a fun, supportive, and non-competitive environment to help with your training?
  • Are you looking for like-minded individuals to share training rides?
  • Are you ready to ride longer, stronger, and faster in 2019 than you ever have before?

Brute Squad 2019

The Brute Squad (BMA Riders United in Training for Endurance) training program is a 16-week program designed to have you at your peak of fitness in preparation for an end-of-season goal race.  The training schedule consists of three workouts per week, including a one-hour coached workout every Thursday where we train together as a group.  This year our goal race is the Laramie Range Epic (31 or 62 miles) in Laramie, Wyoming on July 27.  (Participation in the end-of-season race is encouraged, but not required.)

The program is designed specifically to build the strength and endurance required for long-distance rides. We will address all aspects of performance necessary to execute to full potential on the day of your event (nutrition and hydration strategies, mental focus and resilience, etc.)

The men and women of the Brute Squad typically cover a wide range of age, speed, and experience.  Some are seasoned racers who are looking to take on longer distance, or get faster at their favorite race.  Others are completely new to endurance riding, and are looking for help preparing for their first big race, ride, or multi-day tour.

Registration for Brute Squad is closed for the 2019 season.

If you want to be placed on the mailing list to receive information on registration for the 2020 training season, email: brutes@bouldermountainbike.org.

Cost

The cost of the 16-week training program is

  • $419 for BMA members
  • $519 for non-members
  • Not a BMA Member? Join here and save $100 on your registration fee!!!

The registration fee includes a Brute Squad club kit by our local sponsor Cuore, and a Premium level TrainingPeaks account for the duration of the program.  Note that the registration fee does not include race entry fees.

How Do I Join?

Brute Squad 2019 is full, and registration is closed.  If you wish to be placed on the mailing list to receive updates on registration for the 2020 training season, email: brutes@bouldermountainbike.org.

Brute Squad Program Details

Program Goals

The training program has two primary goals:

  1. To help increase your potential as a mountain biker (endurance, power, speed, efficiency).
  2. To provide you with the tools needed to help you perform to your full potential on race day (pacing strategy, nutrition and hydration plan, focus, perseverance, resilience, etc.).

Training, Workouts & Races

Training schedule - Each athlete will receive a detailed training schedule which will feature short (one hour), higher intensity training rides on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and longer distance rides on Saturdays.  Training is individualized based on power or heart rate data.

Coached workouts - Athletes will meet with the coaches for one-hour guided group workouts every Thursday evening. We organize ourselves into informal pace groups during workouts so you can ride with people who ride about the same speed that you do. The program features post-workout guest talks on bike maintenance, nutrition strategies, and mental skills for competition.

Practice Races - The schedule will include practice races under the guidance of the coaching staff, including the 18 Hours of Fruita as the early season kick-off race, a mid-season, mid-distance race, and a high intensity short track race at Valmont Bike Park.

Target Race - Our target race for 2019 is the Laramie Range Epic (31 or 62 miles) in Laramie, Wyoming.  This beautiful course winds through the Happy Jack Recreation Area, Blair-Wallis and the Vedauwoo Recreation Areas, and explores the stunning landscape of Pole Mountains's fast forested single track trails.

TrainingPeaks Included! - Each member of the Brute Squad will receive a Premium level TrainingPeaks account which will provide everything you need to view your workouts, upload and analyze your data, track your progress, etc.

Important Dates for the Training Program

Q&A Happy Hour Questions about Brute Squad?  Join Coach Scott at a Q&A Happy Hour at Sanitas Brewing Company (3550 Frontier Ave., Boulder) on February 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Buy one beer, get one free. Feb 7
Pre-Season Meeting Meet the coaches and other members of the Brute Squad! We'll talk about the upcoming season, the training plan & races, and answer all of your questions. April 4
Training begins! Bring your bikes for our first training ride! April 11
Practice Races

18 Hours of Fruita - Highline State Park

Epic SingleTrack Super Loop - Winter Park

CU Short Track - Valmont Bike Park

May 4

June 22

July 10

Target Race Laramie Range Epic July 27

Questions?

Do you have additional questions? Check the Program FAQ, or email Coach Scott

Thank you to our sponsors!

Richfield Homes, Sanitas Law, WK Real Estate, Porchlight Real Estate, and The Burgess Group