10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mountain Biking
Without a doubt, riding a bicycle has been part of everyone’s childhood. We are all born without the knowledge of how to ride and balance on the bike.
It requires you to learn and once you go on one it’s such a big achievement. If you have the power and limbs, then no one can limit you from cycling.
It is such an intriguing experience as you traverse through captivating nature preserves and challenging trails.
Leaving alone that, do you know where this popular sport came from and who are the individuals that attributed to its popularity? Here are the ten facts about this incredible adventure.
Its history goes way back to 1970 in California, USA. A mark that exhibits the origin of Mountain biking is on Mount Tamalpais.
It was founded by Keith Bontrager, Charlie Cunningham, Tom Ritchie, Gary Fisher and Joe Breeze. The first prototype of mountain bikes were all downhill purposed and used coaster brakes on converted cruisers.
All bikers never rode their bikes uphill instead they had to transport them up to starting point and ride downhill.
These legends used to improvise a lot of things including installation of balloon tires that are fit for any kind of road, grease and more. After some years these founding fathers developed some improved bikes and opened up a shop.
The first mountain biking event at the Atlanta Olympics was won by Bart Jen Brentjens of the Netherlands.
The different variations of the sport include; winter downhill, cross country, free ride, endurance and extreme. These various disciplines of mountain biking provide a wide variety and possibilities to tailor fit an activity to the rider’s specific adventure and Adrenalin rush requirements.
In 1995 downhill was introduced to the first-ever Extreme Games.
In 1997 during the Winter X-Games, it was also one of the featured extreme sports.
Braking in this amazing sport usually requires the use of your head. Therefore it means that braking is a skill that is developed through the proper knowledge of techniques that are applied to the art of safe stopping and braking to avoid crashes.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1988 to preserve the trails for bikers all over the world.
To date, IMBA is affiliated with associations worldwide and Australia has the most memberships. This organization educates on trail care, building and planning.
The World’s Highest Trans Himalayan Mountain Bike Race is held in the Tibetan part of Mount Everest, a trail which has an altitude of 17,160ft.
The longest mountain bike race in the world was from Canada to Mexico and covers over 2700 miles in the Rockies.
The youngest Australian to ever win a world championship title is Sam Hill. This professional mountain biker won his first championship title at the age of 16 coming third at the Vail World Championships in 2001.