OBJECTIVE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: Cover a specified distance in a shorter period than the other bikers.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1+ player(s)
MATERIALS: Mountain bike, helmet, gripping soles, protective eyewear, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, bike repair tools
TYPE OF GAME: Sport
OVERVIEW OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
Mountain biking is a full-body workout and a cycling sport that connects riders with nature, leading them to healthier living. Skilled professionals ride specially modified bikes in mountain terrain. The four main subcategories of mountain biking are cross-country cycling, enduro, downhill, and four-cross.
The mountain bike course differs depending on the mountain and the trail you pick. However, the importance of setting up for a mountain biking race lies in the bike itself.
Mountain bike balances speed, skill, and enjoyment. The way to set up the bike will differ depending on the individual mountain biker, so each biker should make sure everything is properly put together to fit their body and their needs.
A mountain biking race is easy enough to understand: simply race other bikers down the trail to the finish line. But although they all have the same objective, the four main disciplines of mountain biking disciplines look slightly different.
Cross-country mountain bike race focuses on endurance. The bikers battle rugged terrain, including unpaved fire roads and a difficult track littered with rocks, roots, and ruts. The course conditions on competition day determine the route and number of laps being completed.
In enduro, the main objective is to get to the top of the mountain and back down as fast as possible. There are timed and untimed sections in an enduro game. Generally, the uphills are not timed, whereas the downhills are timed. Although the uphills are not timed, some games may have a cutoff time the biker must achieve to qualify. An enduro game will typically have around 3-6 timed portions. The finishing times are the sum of each of these timed portions.
In downhill mountain biking, competitors descend a mountain in a timed event. The routes, which are frequently rough, rocky, and steep, may feature significant leaps and falls up to 39 feet (12 meters). As a result, downhill bikes tend to be much heavier than other mountain bikes.
Four-cross came to be from the old mountain biking discipline of dual slalom. In this discipline, four riders dash down the dirt track side by side. This short course has jumps, berms, and other obstacles, making it more difficult to get to the bottom. This mountain biking discipline is very technical.
There are a few ways a rider can get disqualified from the game:
- Not wearing proper attire
- Not informing anyone when finding an injured biker
- Not following the predetermined trail
- Disturbing other riders
END OF GAME
The fastest rider to reach the bottom of the trail or mountain is the winner.