Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

The of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes.

Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.

Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country (XC), trail riding, all mountain, downhill,freeride, slopestyle, dirt jumping, and trials. The vast majority of mountain biking falls into the recreational XC,Trail Riding and Enduro categories.

This individual sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Advanced riders pursue steep technical descents and, in the case of freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers off both natural features and specially constructed jumps and ramps.

Mountain biking can be performed almost anywhere from a back yard to a gravel road, but the majority of mountain bikers ride off-road trails, whether country back roads, fire roads, or singletrack (narrow trails that wind through forests, mountains, deserts, or fields). There are aspects of mountain biking that are more similar to trail running than regular bicycling. Because riders are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-reliance in the sport. Riders learn to repair their broken bikes or flat tires to avoid being stranded miles from help. Many riders will carry a backpack, including a water bladder, containing all the essential tools and equipment for trailside repairs, and many riders also carry emergency supplies in the case of injury miles from outside help. Club rides and other forms of group rides are common, especially on longer treks. A combination sport named mountain bike orienteering adds the skill of map navigation to mountain biking.

Source: Wikipedia

News Stories & Related Articles

SEQ Mountain Bike Forum

SEQ Mountain Bike Forum Report

A report compiled following the forum held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 Blackstone Bushland Centre Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve, Ipswich

Topics for Discussion

  • Recent developments in MTB in SEQ
  • Measuring participation
  • User Code of Behaviour
  • Strategic planning
  • MTB Australian Adventure Activity Standards
  • Trail construction/maintenance updates and construction standards
  • E-bikes
QLD MTB Strategy Underway

QLD MTB Strategy Underway

A coordinated approach to the development of mountain bike opportunities in QLD

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) have appointed renowned trail consultancy company Common Ground Trails to work with the Queensland mountain bike community and key stakeholders to deliver a Queensland Mountain Bike Strategy … read more

Scott Bowden trains in Italy


Check out Scott Bowden taking his mountain bike for a spin as he trains at the AIS European Training Centre in Italy on the Road to Rio. Bowden proved he was one of Australia’s top riders when he claimed the overall 2014/15 National Series title. He went on to win both the Australian and Oceania U23 titles in 2015 before finishing just outside the top twenty in U23 World Cup events in Canada and Italy.

From Crashing to Confidence

“The front wheel jacknifed, my forks bottomed out and SLAM went my head and right shoulder into a solid earth berm. SNAP went my collarbone.”

“The force of the hit nearly knocked me out. I clearly remember seeing stars. Snapped a couple of ribs and a thumb, too. The next day this yellow bruise appeared over my shoulder blade all the way up to my ear.”

It was a very tough ‘ah ha’ moment for Chris Carter, but it has lead him down a path which has changed his riding and now thousands of others who have become devotees of his online mountain bike skills program “The Groover Method”.

He currently has over 86,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel MTBTips.com and it’s growing.

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Useful Links & Resources

Redlands City Council Cycling Trails

Redlands City Council Cycling Trails

There are lots of interesting trails and paths that you can explore. Don’t forget your bike helmet!

 

Mountain Bike Australia

Mountain Bike Australia
Mountain Bike Australia is the peak body for mountain biking in Australia. We aim to lead the development and promotion in Australia for the benefit and enjoyment of all mountain bikers.

Mountain Biking Adventure Activity Standard

Mountain Biking  Adventure Activity Standard
Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) are minimum, voluntary guidelines for conducting outdoor recreation activities . Designed primarily for organisations conducting outdoor recreation activities where the participants are dependent on the activity provider, they are also a useful reference for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Research

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking (MTB) is an outdoor recreation activity that is experiencing an increase in participation numbers. A relatively “new” activity, this increase in participation brings with it a raft of issues.

Codes of Conduct for Mountain Biking

Codes of Conduct for Mountain Biking

Codes of conduct designed to promote responsible and safe mountain biking while minimising risk, reducing the potential for conflict with other trail users and countering negative environmental impacts.

Simply put …

Ride Safe

  • Control your speed
  • Pass with care
  • Be courteous

Be Prepared

  • Carry water, food, repair kit
  • Take a map, mobile phone and first aid kit

Prevent Trail Damage

  • Avoid muddy trails
  • Stay on the track
  • Avoid skidding

RESPECT Yourself, Others and the Environment

 

Discover

See QORF Green Circle Members who provide mountain bike riding activities in Discover
(search on ‘Mountain Bike Riding’ in Activity)

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