"What presents the greatest challenge to the singlespeed rider? The changing terrain of the typical mountain bike course. A geared rider can maintain a fairly even cadence throughout a race, while the singlespeed rider has to change theirs to accommodate the terrain. Singlespeed riders tend to excel on the climbs and in technical sections, with a more efficient drive train and lower weight. As a singlespeed rider, you need to deliver high power at low cadence, moderate power at very high cadence as well as steady power at a moderate cadence. Acceleration out of tight corners or through rock gardens requires explosive strength. Climbing at mid to low rpm’s requires sustained strength and a well-developed core and upper body. And, while you can develop strength naturally through riding, optimal performance requires some specific training..."