Evening all, I'm slowly improving my fitness on-road but still struggle slightly when it comes to riding my mountain bikes. On-road I have completed 50+ mile rides and never really do less than 15 miles in an outing (normally limited by available time rather than fitness) but off-road I'm creamed after about 8 miles. I understand it's harder work, but I am finding I'm struggling for strength when out of the saddle which I'm not used to. In some instances the terrain is demanding I stand and shift my weight around whilst climbing to get over/around obstacles and I'm struggling to do both simultaneously. I can stand fine on descents and I can stand and pump the pedals on flat ground but combine the two and I'm done for! In my youth I only used to ride mountain bikes and am used to throwing them around with wanton abandon Is it simply a case of riding the mountain bikes more and improving my strength in the different muscles/muscle range that they demand? Is there some training I can do on my road bikes that will improve my strength in this area? My main issue is I find it very easy to get out on the road bike but I don't get many opportunities to get out in the woods and get dirty so I want to be able to push as hard as I can on the occasions I do go off road A few friends are doing the Dyfi Enduro in may, 60k of up and down off-road fun. I'd love to be able to do it with them and will probably sign up but I want to give it a good shot, I don't want to be last in after sunset Any thoughts or advice gratefully accepted, ta!