Mountain Biking

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Mountain bikers come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Cross-country (XC) suits riders with great endurance and technical off-road ability. Downhill (DH) and four cross (4X) is more explosive, favouring more powerful sprint athletes. Mountain bike racing has categories for all ages and abilities, from fun races to mountain bike marathons to elite competition at world and Olympic level. Away from racing, the mountain bike scene is huge, with trail centres throughout the country offering routes to suit a wide range of ages and ability.

Mountain bike racing takes place in a variety of off-road venues. Cross-country races often use parkland, woodland and forestry sites, with the terrain chosen to incorporate climbs, descents and technical features. Looped courses are designed and built specifically for events by skilled course designers, with man-made technical features such as ‘rock gardens’ incorporated to increase the technical challenge.

Downhill courses are shorter point-to-point courses exploiting a venue’s steep terrain, incorporating technical features such as rocks, tree roots, jumps and drop-offs. Like cross-country courses, these tracks are often created specifically for events or form part of a trail centre or bike park’s established courses.

Four cross courses are, like downhill courses, built on steep terrain with manmade jumps, berms (banked corners) and other technical features. They’re much shorter than downhill courses but wide enough for four riders to compete shoulder to shoulder.

Away from racing, the ‘venue’ for recreational mountain biking is huge; it’s the great outdoors. Britain’s network of bridleways and other legal rights of way extends to thousands of miles.

As a region, we are fortunate enough to have facilities and events to cater for all of the MTB sub disciplines along with endless network of bridleways and by-ways for the non-competitive side of things. For the adventurous type with a bike and an Ordnance Survey map, it’s ripe for exploration. If, however, you like your riding more ‘point and shoot’, mountain bike trail centres are where it’s at, with way-marked, graded routes, generally in forestry land, with all the amenities such as bike hire, bike wash, bike shop, cafe and changing facilities provided. Think of them as one stop shops for mountain bikers. 417 Bike Park and Queen Elizabeth Country Park are superb examples of the region’s trail centres.

How to get into Mountain Biking: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getintomountainbiking

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