Program FAQ

BMA Brute Squad FAQ

Q: Do I have to do the target race?

A: The training program is designed as a 15-week program that is designed to have perform to your full potential at the Breck 32/68/100 on July 16. Though it is not required, we encourage everyone in the program to participate in this race, as it really helps our group workouts if we are all focused on achieving the same goal on the same day.

Q: Can I do a different race?

A: If the race is in the same time frame (a week or two before or after the Breck races), you can certainly solicit advice from your coaches as to how to modify your training program to account for the difference. If the race is 3 or more weeks after Breckenridge, then the Breck race could serve as a great addition to your training, especially if you are aiming for a 100 miler or multi-day stage race later in the season.

Q: Do I have to do the practice races?

A: Practice races not only provide great workouts, but are a great way to dial in nutrition and hydration strategies, as well as your pacing plan for race day. Practice races also help with bike handling, learning how to pass and get passed, and learning how to cope with the mental challenges of racing (including pre-race jitters, breaking through the wall, etc.)  Plus, they are typically a lot of fun. Though they are not required, they are highly recommended. We don't want the end-of-season race to be your first race of the season. If you choose not to do a practice race, an alternate workout will be prescribed on the schedule for that day.  Note that race fees for practice races are not included as part of the program fee.

Q: Are there any additional costs?

A: The program fee does not include the entry fee for the Breck races, nor the practice races. The total cost for the three practice races will come to about $200.

Q: How much experience do I need?

A: We assume you know how to ride moderately technical singletrack (e.g. Hall, Heil, Walker, Betasso, Marshall Mesa, Centennial Cone, Buffalo Creek, etc.) and are comfortable with the idea of riding long distances, and being in the saddle for the good part of the day. We are not expecting you to be able to drop 4-footers, huck cliffs, or blast downhills at breakneck speed.

Q: What if I am too slow for the group?

A: Slow is a pejorative label which doesn't really apply here. We assume that we will have riders of varying speeds, and that's just fine. Workouts are based on time in the saddle, not distance traveled, so it really doesn't matter if you happen to travel at a lower rate of speed. All that matters is that you are doing the workout as prescribed for you. Nobody will be left out, and nobody will be left behind.

Q: Am I expected to show up to every group workout?

A: We are not professional athletes, and as such, must balance our training with responsibilities of work, family, etc. At times, we all get unexpectedly busy, sick, or injured. Your coaches will try to help you keep up with the training in those instances where life gets in the way and prevents you from attending a workout here and there. However, if you know in advance that you will not be able to attend a good portion of the Thursday workouts, we would prefer that you not apply, so as to keep a spot open for someone who will be able to commit to a larger percentage of the group workouts.

Q: Where will we ride?

A: The group workouts on Thursdays will be held at various locations in and around Boulder. They will start at 6 PM, and last about 75 minutes.

Q: What about the other workouts?

A: On Tuesdays and Saturdays, you are free to do the workout/ride on your own in the place of your choosing. If you want company, the BMA website will provide a place for members of the training program to plan rides with other members of the group on those days if you wish.

Still have questions? Email Coach Scott