Mountain Biking Events

From remote single-track runs in the mountains to high profile downhill races at Crankworx Whistler in BC, Canada, mountain biking is a lot of things to a lot of people.

At its most extreme, events like Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah take the sport to a ridiculously dramatic level. There’s no room for error, which sometimes result in bone crushing crashes. The Crankworx series is a favorite of anyone that’s participated over the years. And when it comes to culture, happenings like the World Masters Games in New Zealand and the Sea Otter Classic in California are too fun to think about missing. Let RadSeason.com be your guide to the world of mountain biking.

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Summer Olympics 2020 Tokyo, Japan
24 Jul  - 09 Aug, 2020
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Augusta Adventure Fest 2019 Augusta, South West, Western Australia
02 Nov  - 03 Nov, 2019
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XTERRA World Championship 2019 Kapalua, Maui
27 Oct, 2019
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AMB 100 Marathon 2019 Stromlo, ACT, Australia
29 Sep, 2019
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Jackalope Festival 2019 Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Montreal, Quebec
16 Aug  - 19 Aug, 2019
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Glacier 360 2019 Langjökull Glacier, Iceland
09 Aug  - 11 Aug, 2019
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Ghetto Games Festival 2019 Ventspils, Latvia
26 Jul  - 28 Jul, 2019
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Ekstremsportveko 2019 Voss, Norway
24 Jun  - 01 Jul, 2019
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Pannonian Challenge 20 Osijek, Croatia
05 Jun  - 09 Jun, 2019
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Trans Madeira 2019 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
04 Jun  - 08 Jun, 2019
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FISE World Montpellier 2019 Le Lez, Montpellier
29 May  - 02 Jun, 2019
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Bike Days Solothurn 2019 Solothurn, Switzerland
10 May  - 12 May, 2019
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Convict 100 2019 St Albans, NSW, Australia
04 May, 2019
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Sea Otter Classic 2019 Monterey, California, United Stated
11 Apr  - 14 Apr, 2019
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Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Rotorua, New Zealand
19 Mar  - 24 Mar, 2019
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Cape Epic 2019 Western Cape, South Africa
17 Mar  - 24 Mar, 2019
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Bike Buller Festival 2019 Mt Buller, Victoria, Australia
09 Mar  - 11 Mar, 2019
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Otway Odyssey 2019 Forrest, Otway National Park, Victoria
23 Feb  - 24 Feb, 2019
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UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships 2019 Bogense, Denmark
02 Feb  - 03 Feb, 2019
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Red Bull Defiance 2019 Wanaka, New Zealand
19 Jan  - 20 Jan, 2019
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CrankChaos Mountain Bike Festival 2018 Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho, South Africa
01 Nov  - 04 Nov, 2018
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Red Bull Rampage 2018 Virgin, Utah, United States
26 Oct  - 27 Oct, 2018
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Grinduro 2018 Quincy, California, United States
28 Sep  - 30 Sep, 2018
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Thredbo Super Enduro Thredbo Village, NSW, Australia
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Crankworx Whistler 2018 Whistler, BC, Canada
10 Aug  - 19 Aug, 2018
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Hale’s Winter 4x race series Harthill, Nr Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9LQ United Kingdom 
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Crankworx Les Gets 2018 Les Gets, France
20 Jun  - 24 Jun, 2018
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Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 Innsbruck, Austria
13 Jun  - 17 Jun, 2018
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Black Bear Adventure Race 2016 McHenry, MD United States 
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World Masters Games 2017 36 Sandringham Road,Kingsland, Auckland, 1309 New Zealand 

Mountain Biking History

Interestingly enough, one of the earliest recorded mentions of Mountain Biking was for military purposes. The Swiss military used mountain bikes to cross rough terrain in the country as early as 1891, and in the United States the so-called Buffalo Soldiers of the US Army used mountain bikes shortly thereafter to quickly cover ground in the West before there were roads in much of it. That off-roading spirit is central to Mountain Biking today.

In the early to mid 1900’s, as bicycles became more common in households across the United States, more specialized bicycles were developed, and the first bicycles designed for cross-country bicycling were born. In 1966 an inventor by the name of D. Gwynn built an off-road bike he dubbed a “Mountain Bicycle,” which was likely the first use of the term. As time went on and the sport slowly grew, more and more specialized bikes were developed. Manufacturers used parts similar to BMX bikes, mass production ensued, and by the 90’s the sport had gone mainstream.

Today there are several different types of Mountain Biking competitions. There are cross country on or off trail long hauls, enduro races up and down mountains, fast-paced downhill races (often on ski slopes in the summer), mixed style free-riding, and pretty much every combination of man, bike, and terrain you can imagine. There’s always an event going on in the world of MTB- popular mountain biking events on deck include the crowd-pleasing Crankworx series, the death-defying Red Bull Rampage and the Mountain Bike World Championships.

Ever since the first brave soul dared to take his bicycle up to the top of a mountain ride it down, mountain biking has attracted thrill seekers worldwide. However, when you add steep slopes, rocks and trees there’s always the potential for broken bones, so stay safe and avoid mountain biking injury (as rad as scars are) by playing it as safe as possible. All you need is a bike and the great outdoors (and a helmet!!) and you’re in business. Get out there and find it with Rad Season.

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