Why Mountain Biking is just... awesome!

Need a reminder about why mountain biking is an awesome sport to enjoy whether you are a racer, an experienced participant, a newbie or anywhere in between?

One of the great charms of mountain biking is the way it can allow you to get fit and healthy without really noticing. Unless you are rolling on a smooth flat dirt road, you have to decide whether to ride over or around rocks and roots, choose a line and lean the right way around corners, work out whether to sit or stand over obstacles and drops or rises, and also determine how far back your bottom needs to be over the saddle to keep you stable. With all of this to think about you don’t really feel the work your body is doing … apart from sometimes gasping and wondering whether your legs might fall off! 😊

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.

Heinz Stücke, German long-distance touring cyclist

While a sport like running might affect your feet and knees, mountain biking actually offers a fairly low impact workout all the way from your shoulders to your feet that still burns calories and makes your body work for its pleasure. Riding at race pace makes mountain biking more challenging, and only lots of riding will bring better fitness and a few mishaps to teach you how to deal with some technical challenges, but there’s no need to panic. The tyres of a mountain bike with a suspension fork, wide handlebars and plenty of gears can just happily roll over surprisingly tough terrain. You just need to try… and the time is NOW!

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.

John F. Kennedy

The routes constructed for this year’s Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge on 11 and 12 November offer an upbeat adventure on a bicycle in the heart of Joburg. It’s hard to imagine that you don’t have to travel out of town with a sleepover to enjoy this!

Entering the Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge offers the appeal of trying to beat other racers from seeded categories or, merely a chance to mingle with others who just love riding their mountain bikes. Click here to find out more about what to expect at #CCMTB2017.

I don't have a bucket list, I have a 'bike-it' list.


**Still not convinced? Need more reasons to get you on a mountain bike? Read here! **

*distances may vary up to 5km

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