In this video post, I offer a few tips on how to improve your starts in XC MTB racing.

The start and opening lap of an XC MTB race is fast and bar-to-bar, where racers go from a standing start to full speed in a few seconds.

It’s a unique demand on the body, and also on the mind to stay focused and alert.

In this video, I go over a few tips I’ve picked up of how you can work on your starts and first lap speed, so that you can get your race off to a flying start.

This includes:

  1. a workout that you can use to get your body ready for this kind of effort
  2. a few secrets that might just make the difference between losing a few positions or gaining a few spots before the first narrowing singletrack.


As an additional tip, be sure to rotate your pedal on the crank that you’ll be clipping onto when the gun goes, so that it is level and in just the right position for your cleat to engage. Even just a subtle levelling can make a big difference to the success of your pedal engagement.

If you have any of your own suggestions and tips, or just some general thoughts or feedback, please give me a shout in the comments below this post, or below the video on YouTube.

Hope you enjoy it.