Who invented mountain biking?
I don't think a single person invented mountain biking. Bikes have been ridden off-road since their invention. I know that the modern sport started in the 1970's. Okay, well downhill biking was "hucking" by canadians,
Joe Breeze built the first modern mountain bike frames, but without the ideas and innovations of a whole bunch of other people, he'd have had nothing to hang on them, and no inspiration to build them in the first place.
Cross country biking was invented in British Columbia, Canada. Cross-country (XC) racing is held on a varied terrain circuit, it is normally around 6-8 kilometers (km) and is always a massed-start race. In 1996, cross-country mountain biking events were added to the Olympic Games. Norba refers to the Board of Trustees that represent the sport of mountain bike racing for USA Cycling.
The invention of downhill mountain biking is synonymous with mountain biking in general because mountain biking actually started with riders taking their balloon tired beach cruisers down long mountain trails. If you had to credit one person for "inventing" downhill racing, it would have to be Charlie Kelly, who organized and raced in the Pine Mountain "Repack Road" downhill race in Fairfax, California starting on October 22, 1976. Kelly is also credited for coining the…
Mountain biking is a subset of cycling, like off-roading with a jeep is another type of car driving. From a riders perspective (XC) mountain biking is more dynamic, more out-of-the-saddle work with bigger changes in pace. Road biking is more about endurance and slogging it out mile after mile. Then there are the subsets of MTBing, like downhill, which is a phenomena all to itself.
Basically 3 guys from somewhere in America ( Im not sure where) all had rubbish bikes (probably beach cruisers). They had a pick up between them and one day they decided to go up a hill and cycle down it. When they got down they thought it was fun, and then went up in the pickup and down again, this is how downhill mountain biking started. If you want to learn more I would recommend…