Taking your training (and racing) to the trails will challenge your fitness in new ways, plus a little fat-tire fun will spice up your routine. Here’s the gear you need to go off-road from our 2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide.
An all-carbon hardtail 29er, the BMC TeamElite TE02 ($2,600, Bmc-racing.com) is light and nimble while carving out sharp descents or gripping pitchy fire roads. The larger, 29-inch wheels plow over rocks and roots while providing a stable ride for those more accustomed to asphalt than singletrack. This bike is race-ready out of the box (check out Xterraplanet.com for a calendar of off-road events catering to all abilities).