What is Mountain Biking?

Mountain biking is the sport 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, trail riding, all mountain (also referred to as "Enduro"), downhill, freeride and dirt jumping. However, the majority of mountain biking falls into the categories of Trail and Cross Country riding styles.

The sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Advanced riders pursue both steep technical descents and high incline climbs. In the case of freeride, downhill, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers are performed off both natural features and specially constructed jumps and ramps.

Mountain bikers ride on off-road trails such as singletrack, back-country roads, fire roads, and often venture to ski resorts that stay open in the summer for such activities. Because riders are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-reliance in the sport. Riders learn to repair broken bikes and flat tires to avoid being stranded. Many riders carry a backpack, including water, food, tools for trailside repairs, and a first aid kit in case of injury. Group rides are common, especially on longer treks. Mountain bike orienteering adds the skill of map navigation to mountain biking.

Best Seasons:All Year Round
Popular Location:Alps, Appennines, Sicily and Sardinia

Mountain Bike Tours for 2018

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Mountain Bike Finale Ligure

    Mountain Biking Trips in Finale Ligure


    There a lots of great companies in Finale Ligure offering guided MTB trips. However, there are very few that offer tailor made trips. That is exactly what we do. Together with…

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    MTB Sardinia

      MTB Tour Domusnovas – Cala Domestica


      A wonderful itinerary connecting some of the Iglesiente’s most impressive sites, a southern Sardinian mountain-biking masterpiece. Starting at the unique cave of San Giovanni at Domusnovas, it leads you to…

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