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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Mopani Mountain Bike Series – Race 5
Danie Joubert St, White River, South Africa 
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British 4 x Race Series
Harthill, Nr Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9LQ United Kingdom 
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Freeride Cup 2016
Cambouras, Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière, 34700 France 
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RedAss Downhill Enduro Round 2
Lithgow, NSW Australia 
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Red Bull Rampage
Virgin, Utah
14 Oct, 2016
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Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival
Stokesville, VA 22843 United States 
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Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival
4801 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Eagan, MN 55122 United States 
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Zürich Jumppark Dirt Contest
Kanalstrasse, Zürich, 8045 Switzerland 
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Six Hours in the Saddle 2016
Balaclava St, Beechworth, VIC Australia 
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Maluti Mayhem
Mahlasela Pass, Butha-Buthe, 000 Lesotho 
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Southern MTB Urban Downhill
Perth, WA Australia 
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Racing Against Poaching
Corner of R560 & R512, Hartebeestpoort, 0232 South Africa 
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Hops and Handlebars
85 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482 United States 
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12 Hours of Albuquerque and MTB Fest
64 Raven Rd, Tijeras, NM 87059 United States 
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Southern MTB Jump Comp
York Street, Albany, WA 6330 Australia 
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Southern MTB Peaks Race
Albany, WA Australia 
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Inaugural Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival
5092 Sugarloaf Rd, Kingfield, ME 04947 United States 
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Red Bull Hardline 2016
Dinas Mawddwy, Wales, United Kingdom
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The Kowalski Classic
East Kowen Forest, ACT, Australia
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Mountain Bike Double Down DH Series
775 US-302, Bartlett, NH 03812 United States 
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Riverside Bikegames 2016
Richard-Kapphan-Straße, Schorndorf, 73614 Germany 
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Swamp Gravity Slopestyle Contest
rue Philippe Ermenault, Flixecourt, 80420 France 
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FallFest 2016
4323 VT-108 S, Jeffersonville, VT 05464 United States 
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FISE World Edmonton 2016
Edmonton, Canada 
16 Sep  - 18 Sep, 2016
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SchanzenJam VOL. I powered by DFMT
Am Bellersheimer Fußweg, Hungen, 35410 Germany 
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IXS Rookies Cup and Zauberberg Cup
Carolusstraße 3, Semmering, 2680 Austria 
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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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