Downhill Intro

OK, so lets start at the beginning. What is Downhill Mountain Biking? If you look on Wiki it is defined as:

Downhill mountain biking (DH) is a time trial event held on a steep, rough terrain that often features jumps, rock gardens and other obstacles.

Thats pretty much what it is. Riding a mountain bike, downhill. But depending on the trails you are riding on they can be very technical, very steep and full of obstacles like roots, jumps and drops.

This is very different from where the sport started out. Downhill originated in America in the 80’s and involved racing at speed down fireroads on bikes with very limited suspension if at all. Things have moved on a lot from then. Now Downhill can be riding some trails with your mates, to competing in World Cup races. As the bikes and riders have evolved, the trails have also evolved. Some of todays trails are so steep and technical that it is hard to even walk down them.

Downhill does not involve riding up any hills! The bikes are just not built for this so you either have to push your bike back up to the top or use an uplift service. An uplift service can be anything from a van, to specially built trailer or even a chairlift. More and more Downhill trails are opening in the UK with uplift services.

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