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Clocking in at 125 km, the Contact Epic is truly New Zealand's ultimate mountain bike challenge.
Whether you are tackling the full 125 km Epic, the 95 km Classic or the 35 km Traverse this is a race/ challenge/ adventure that you need to be prepared for.


The main problem people face when training for such an 'epic' endurance event is finding time for training.

While professional athletes can spend all day training those with other commitments such as work and family need to be a little 'smarter' with their training approach.


All too often competitors start the Contact Epic ill prepared for the challenge that lies ahead of them due to ineffective training and fail to reach their full potential. While on the flip side, many competitors line up exhausted, injured or over-trained due to inefficient training and are not able to realise their full potential either.

Sport Scientist and Endurance Coach Matty Graham of Exponential Performance Coaching provides step by step training plans to physically prepare you to compete at your peak condition in the Contact Epic and its associated races. 

Classic 'Crusher' plan


Epic 'Eliminator'  plan


Epic ‘Breakthrough’ plan


Traverse 'Starter' plan


Classic 'Completer’ plan


Epic 'Centurion' plan



All of these training plans are run through the online Training Peaks software so you can access it from your computer or smart phone with the FREE Training Peaks App or print out a hard copy.

All training plans include

  • Free Training Peaks account

  • A 9 week progressive periodised training plan designed specifically for your choosen Contact event

  • Daily email reminders about your training sessions 

  • Detailed daily training sessions to develop specific fitness and skills for your choosen event

  • Stretching guidelines to target key areas

  • Field testing notes calculate your personalised heart rate training zones



+ FREE Nutrition E-Handbook

Don’t hit the wall or get that ‘hollow leg’ feeling again!


Sign up for any one of the Contact training plans training plans TODAY and receive a FREE 4 page E-handbook on training and racing nutrition.

Cost: $54.99 USD*


Preview and buy training plans BELOW


Epic 'Centurion' plan

Epic 'Breakthrough' plan

Epic 'Eliminator' plan

Classic 'Crusher' plan

Classic 'Completer' plan

Traverse 'Starter' plan


Pay via credit card through the secure Training Peaks website

 *Price is in USD due to Training Peaks being an American software

& 5x winner of Contact EPIC

Please note:

  • Physical exercise and other forms of physical activity can be dangerous, especially if performed without medical advice, proper supervision and/or pre-exercise evaluation.

  • It is advised that you consult your physician or health care professional before performing any exercise, especially if you have any chronic or recurring conditions, and/or if you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly.

  • All training and exercise you perform you perform at your own responsibility and at your own risk. The editors, authors and or publishers of the Exponential Performance Coaching website, articles, training plans and videos disclaim any responsibility from any adverse effects of consequences from this training plan.

  •  Results cannot be guaranteed from following these training plans and results may vary between individuals.

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