Cross country cycling is a popular discipline of road biking. It was first introduced in the Olympics in 1996. Cross country cycling is often thought of as a difficult and punishing sport that some people would rather avoid. In this article we’ll discuss why it is one of the most rewarding sports in existence and why its importance cannot be undermined.
First of all, cross country cycling is great for building up your cardio fitness. Bike riding is a great cardiovascular exercise that helps you to lose weight, improve your stamina and build strength and muscles all in one go. Most people think that you need to be an expert mountain biker or an experienced road cyclist to enjoy this form of exercise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many beginners to cross country cycling will do it just as well as some of the best cyclists in the world. Notwithstanding, if you are new to cycling and believe you might require some assistance, a road ebike might be a comfortable alternative to start with since they have the added benefit of a small engine to assist with your pedaling. Hence, riding an e-bike can also help in reducing the strain and impact on your knees and thighs.
Now, heading back to our discussion of the advantages of cross-country cycling, the second reason to get into cross country cycling is for your mental wellbeing. The value of outdoor exercise is profound for your emotional state. When it comes to mental well being, I’ve always found that physical and mental health go well together. Plus, you get to go exploring on a bike and find new places or things you have never seen on a bike before, maybe you are always too busy in a car to notice the beautiful nature around you. During the lockdowns, the opportunity to head outdoors and exercise became more important than ever. Cycling for the mind! I’m always keen to encourage people to take up cycling.
The third reason to get involved in cross-country mountain biking is pure enjoyment. You will never stop enjoying yourself once you start doing this. There are so many beautiful sights to see and amazing trails to bike on.
If you are a serious cyclist, there is even more reason to become involved in cross country cycling. Bicycle tours across the country have become extremely popular with cyclists because they allow them to get an up close look at mountain ranges and ride on trails that would not otherwise be ridden in such great amounts. Many of these tours are made available as part of a package trip to help make cyclists even more knowledgeable. This also gives riders an opportunity to go to as many different places as possible during their cross country cycling tours. Some tours require riders to camp out over night, and this is an experience riders will never forget.
There are tons of reasons to get into cross country mountain biking, but none are as important as the ones listed above. Regardless of the reasons, getting out on a bike and taking it for a spin is something that millions of people do every single day. Even if you don’t plan to do any serious racing or other competitive events, you will still reap the benefits of simply riding a bike! Whether you are doing it for leisure or for exercise, mountain biking is a blast. What more could someone want?