Grant Harrison, MSE. Source Endurance, Senior Coach
With Cyclocross Nationals just a few weeks away and some of the best road racing not very far down the road, road racers also targeting cyclo-cross nationals may be facing a tough decision of how to prepare themselves for the up and coming road season. Given that mid march is the height of the road season in Texas, there is only 7-12 weeks to peak, depending on what event(s) you want to target. Although this is always subjective and based on an individual’s goals, it is worth examining how an athlete might prepare for the road season after peaking for CX nationals.
The first point to tackle is the principle of specificity. Cyclo-cross and road racing are two different styles of racing that can have drastically different physiological demands. However, there are similarities especially when comparing a cyclo-cross race to a criterium. The photos below show the power data of two podium finishes of a Source Endurance client in 2014. The top photo is of a criterium, the bottom photo is of a cyclo-cross race just a few weeks later from the same athlete.