Off-road: mountain biking, downhill, trials and cyclocross

Mountain biking is cycling that makes use of non-paved or rough surfaces.

It's a sport that can require endurance, bike-handling skills and self-reliance, and can be practised almost anywhere, from a back yard to a secluded mountain top. 

 

Cross country

This, the most traditional form of mountain biking, involves navigation of off-road trails consisting of country back roads, fire roads or single-track - narrow trails that wind through fields, forests and hills.

Since 2006, Cross country mountain biking ('XC') has featured in the Summer Olympics. The course for the London 2012 event was at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, and is open to the public.

Any off road route that's officially a bridleway can be ridden on a bike. You can find out more about these routes through local clubs, bike shops or websites such as bikely, or ibikeride.

You can also visit trail centres, such as Bedgebury which have signed routes and will usually offer bike hire.

Downhill

Involves navigating steep and rugged downhill courses, in competition done against the clock, starting at intervals, on courses which typically take two to five minutes to complete.

Freeride

Combining different aspects of the sport, but with emphasis on airborne skills such as dirt jumping.

Trials ('North Shore')

Negotiate man-made (often made from wood) and natural obstacles without your feet touching the ground. Made famous globally by Scottish rider Danny MacAskill. 

Cyclo-cross

Cyclo-cross originates in Belgium where it is synonymous with frites, maynonnaise and beer! Races usually take place in the winter, and are multi-lap, held on short courses with obstacles requiring riders to dismount carry their bike at points. The bikes used are similar to road bikes, but with wider, treaded tyres, and cantilever or disc brakes.

Many road cycling clubs also cater for cyclo-cross, and there is a full series of races in and around London, which can be found on the British Cycling website.

Cyclo-cross bikes are also frequently used for commuting - something which has inspired LCC to organise an Urban Cyclo-cross race at the London Nocturne!

 

Replies

  • By Roserud at 8:05am 15 March 2015

This content was deleted by rosie_lcc at 3:27pm 15 April 2015.

  • By mivpl at 11:49am 16 March 2015

starting at intervals, on courses which typically take two to five minutes to complete.igre auta

  • By yogesh at 6:20am 17 March 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

  • By Wathen at 1:50am 24 March 2015

Hi there would you mind letting me know which

hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in

3 different browsers

and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.

 

Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a reasonable price?

clash of clans hack

  • By yogesh at 7:44am 27 March 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

  • By yogesh at 12:18pm 30 March 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

This content was deleted by smsm1 at 11:34pm 12 April 2015.

This content was deleted by rosie_lcc at 5:24pm 15 April 2015.

This content was deleted by smsm1 at 4:31pm 13 April 2015.

This content was deleted by rosie_lcc at 5:10pm 15 April 2015.

  • By yogesh at 11:41am 3 April 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

  • By yogesh at 7:18am 8 April 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

  • By john9 at 4:15pm 8 April 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:19am 13 April 2015.

  • By yogesh at 10:20am 13 April 2015

This content was deleted by AmySummers_LCC at 11:16am 13 April 2015.

This content was deleted by rosie_lcc at 12:48pm 16 April 2015.

Post a reply

Sign in to post a reply.