Ride longer, stronger, and faster!
The Brute Squad (BMA Riders United in Training for Endurance) is a 16-week training program designed to have participants achieve peak fitness in preparation for an end-of-season race. We address all aspects of performance necessary to help members of the Brute Squad execute to full potential on the day of the target event.
Improve the endurance, power, speed, and efficiency of your mountain biking.
Reach your full potential on race day with a pacing strategy, nutrition and hydration plan, focus, perseverance, resilience, and more!
The training schedule consists of three workouts per week, including a one-hour coached group workout every Thursday. Featured post-workout guest talks include: bike maintenance, nutrition strategies, and mental skills for competition.
Each athlete will receive a detailed training schedule with two short (one-hour), higher intensity training rides mid-week, and longer distance rides on Saturdays. Training is individualized based on power or heart rate data.
Dial in your nutrition and hydration strategies, as well as a pacing plan for race day. These events help with improving bike handling, learning how to pass and get passed, and learning how to cope with the mental challenges of racing.
The target race is a long-distance event, usually with various distance options. This race will be the culmination of all the hard work as members face their challenges and pedal across the finish line!
The men and women of the Brute Squad 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.
2019 Race Schedule
May 4: 18 Hours of Fruita, Highline State Park
June 22: Epic Single Track Super Loop, Winter Park
July 10: CU Short Track, Valmont Bike Park
July 27: Laramie Range Epic, Laramie WY
2019 Program Cost
$419 for BMA members
$519 for non-members*
Includes a Brute Squad club kit by our local sponsor Cuore, and a premium level TrainingPeaks account for the duration of the program. The program registration fee does not include race entry fees.
*Not a Member? Join BMA and save $100 on your registration fee!
Experience the power of a group training environment, the camaraderie that comes from pursuing a common goal, and the personal growth that comes from taking on challenge!
~ Coach Scott
Can I still ride for fun?
Of course! Though the workouts are more structured during the week, the weekend “workouts” typically just specify a recommended distance or duration. We encourage you to do those rides on your favorite trails.
Do I have to do the target race?
The training program is a 16-week program designed to have you perform to your full potential for the target race. Though we encourage everyone in the program to participate in this race, it is not required.
Can I do a different race?
If you have a favorite race that occurs in the middle of the program, or after the program has ended, your coaches can help you adjust your training schedule to have you at your peak for a target race of your choosing
Do I have to do the practice races?
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 improving 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, and more) Plus, they are typically a lot of fun. Though they are not required, they are highly recommended.
How much experience do I need?
We assume you know how to ride moderately technical singletrack (such as Hall, Heil, Walker, Betasso, Marshall Mesa, Centennial Cone, and Buffalo Creek) 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 downhill at breakneck speed.
What equipment do I need?
A well-functioning mountain bike is a great start. You can ride whatever type of mountain bike you like. You can ride clipped in, or on flat pedals. A helmet is a must. Though not required, some kind of data collection device would be beneficial along with a heart rate strap or power meter. A lighting system will be required if you plan to join us for night rides. We will be happy to give you guidance with any of your equipment needs.
What if I am too slow for the group?
“Slow” is a pejorative label which doesn’t really apply in our training group. We assume that we will have riders of varying speeds, and that’s 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.
We organize ourselves into informal pace groups during workouts so you can ride with people who ride about your same speed.
Am I expected to show up to every group workout?
We are not professional athletes, and as such, must balance our training with responsibilities of work, family, and other responsibilities. 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. That said, success in this program is a result of showing up. The more workouts you can attend, the better.
Where will we ride?
The group workouts on Thursdays will be held at various locations in and around Boulder. They will start at 6 PM, and last about 60-75 minutes.
What about the other workouts?
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, know that you’ll have plenty of training partners who will be looking for company as well.
Are there any additional costs?
The program fee does not include the entry fee for the target race, or the practice races. If you wish to purchase additional team jerseys, shorts, gloves, and arm/leg warmers beyond the kit items that are included with your registration, they can be purchased at a discounted rate.
Scott Gurst – Head Coach
As a coach for FastForward Sports for over 10 years, Scott helped hundreds of runners and triathletes of all ages attain higher levels of athletic performance, execute to their full potential, and achieve their race goals.
Adam loves to be on his bike whenever possible. He has over 25 years of riding experience, and has participated in numerous endurance events.
Will is a multi-disciplined endurance athlete with a broad reach of experience as a road cyclist, mountain biker, triathlete, and adventure racer.
Brute Squad News
29 BMA Brute Squad athletes raced the Laramie Range Epic on Saturday, July 27, 2019 showing incredible toughness under challenging conditions on a demanding course.read more
On May 3, 2019 28 Brutes, friends and family headed out for the 18 Hours of Fruita race.read more
On Labor Day Weekend, 25 members of the Brute Squad headed north to Spearfish, South Dakota to represent BMA at our end-of-season race, the Dakota Five-O, a fun and challenging 50-mile course through the Black Hills.read more