7 reasons to join MTB and road cycling
Are you an MTBer or a road biker? Fancy to mix both?
Barça or Madrid, left or right, Spanish omelette with or without onion. MTB or road cycling. We like the sense of a group, and maybe that’s why we end up polarizing everything we have around us.
It seems that we have to choose between one and the other, also in the cycling world. Therefore, we believe that the time has come to claim once and for all the end of this polarization and to stress that MTB and tarmac are compatible (and we are not saying this because of the Gravel phenomenon, even if its success can exactly be attributed to the combination of these two modalities, a priori so different).
If you haven’t already considered combining MTB and Road biking, here are 6 reasons why it might be helpful:
- You have a workout diversity
- The combination of disciplines allows you to train by enhancing specific aspects based on your goals
- You get out of the monotony of always using the same type of bike
- You experience different ways of enjoying a route
- You leave your comfort zone on two wheels
- You can adapt to weather conditions
- You reduce the risk of a traffic accident
Switching MTB with road cycling can make your training plan more complete and varied. For example, it is easier for you to work out a route designed for serial riding on a road bike than on an MTB, where the route is generally more irregular and stops interspersed with very hard sections. In the same way, if you want to improve your technique, some MTB routes will undoubtedly put you to the test.
When you train for a specific event, you know that you will go through different phases. At one point you are interested in developing more resistance, at another technique, and at another strength. As we indicated in the first point, the combination of disciplines allows you to choose the best way to improve the quality of cycling for each occasion.
It’s time to open your mind and discover a new universe. Maybe you encourage yourself to combine MTB and road cycling, and you might even realize that you have more challenges. Moreover, with this change, you can avoid falling into a routine workout and even think more clearly by alternating one modality and the other.
It can be too expensive to buy and maintain two bikes. It can also be a problem due to space, so you always have the option of renting a bike on time from the nearest bike rental point (or borrow one from a friend, why not).
A Road bike route versus a MTB-route changes content and form. The road bike is above all longer routes that allow you to cover a multitude of places along the route. Plus, if you’re cycling in a group, you can chat as you make your way to the first climb of the day. In the case of MTB, on the other hand, the experience plunges you between trialeras, highly technical sections and explosive zones that require a lot of physical activity and less time to chat with your fellow travelers. One type of route takes place in a more orderly manner, the other in a more chaotic manner. Both are equally appreciated, but experienced very differently.
Sometimes we get so used to one type of bike that we think we don’t even know how to cycle when we change. We can also believe that if we alternate, we will lose qualities in our preferred modality. On the contrary, in many cases it can actually help you improve certain qualities that you did not have: for example, if you switch from road to MTB, you improve your technique and your strength, and the other way round you improve your resistance. .
If you go MTB in the mountains after a rainy day, you and your bike will end up muddy, so you need to clean your bike very well at the end of the route. On the other hand, there is a good chance that with the road bike you will not get many setbacks and have less problems pedaling (but always with caution).
There are certain times when you cycle on very busy roads: a lot of departures during the summer holidays, rush hour, fog in winter … On these occasions, MTB is a perfect ally: with the intensity of your training, but in a different scenario where you don’t run the same risk of a vehicle ruining many months of work.
And now get out there and dare to cycle MTB if you are a road racing cyclist, and vice versa. You will not regret it.