Mountain Biking at Altitude – 3 Tips to Ease the Pain!

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By Lauren Costantini

WE SHARE THE TOP HINTS AND TIPS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING AT HIGH ALTITUDE

So, you’ve finally booked that mountain bike trip to Colorado – congratulations! You know the mountain biking will be amazing, but you’re a little nervous about the altitude.

Most people from sea level feel the effects of altitude as the air pressure drops and there is less oxygen available to fuel your body. Between 5000 – 8000ft / 1500 – 2400m, most healthy people feel perfectly fine at rest, but get out of breath more quickly while exercising. By 8200ft / 2500m, oxygen levels are 75% of those at sea level and almost everyone feels the struggle!

Symptoms include everything from reduced mountain biking performance (burning legs, loss of leg power, breathlessness/higher respiration and heart rates as your body tries to pull more air through the lungs to get the oxygen it needs) to more general signs (headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, sleep disturbances). Different people are affected in different ways, regardless of physical condition or age.

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