Program Information

Mountain Biking


Mountain biking is the sport of riding off-road over rough  terrain on bikes that underscore durability and performance in rough  terrain: wide, knobby tires, large frame tubing, front fork or dual  suspension shock absorbers. The durability factor means a far heavier  bicycle weight to rider ratio. Mountain biking is broken down into four  categories: cross-country, downhill, four cross and trials.

This individual sport requires endurance, bike-handling skills and  self-reliance. Most mountain bikers ride off-road trails, whether  country back roads, fire roads, or singletrack (narrow trails that wind  through forests, mountains, deserts, or fields). There are aspects of  mountain biking is quite similar to trail running. Riders need to be  self-reliant as they are often quite far away from civilization. Riders  learn to repair their broken bikes or flat tires to avoid being stranded  miles from help. Club rides and other forms of group rides are common.

Cycling Canada recently released their Mountain Bike (MTB) Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.  This document is a guide to mountain biking, based on principles of  long-term athlete development, and informed by their work on Gold Medal  Profile for MTB. LTAD is a pathway for optimal training, competition and  recovery throughout an athlete’s career, but particularly in relation  to the important growth and development years of young people.

For more information on mountain bike racing, including regulations regarding protective clothing, see the UCI mountain bike regulations here


Trail Advocacy

There’s more to building a trail than moving rocks and dirt.  Trails are usually part of larger systems that are the result of careful  and diligent planning and collaboration. These trail systems must serve  the needs of multiple user groups and take environmental and  geographical factors into account.

While land managers and other administrators are ultimately  responsible for land planning processes, committed trail users and  community groups have important roles to play as well. Planning, after  all, is ultimately about the big picture, and that picture includes not  only the forest and the trees, but also the entire trails community.

Cycling BC advocates for the use of “Whistler Standards” outlined in Whistler Trail Standards: Environmental and Technical Trail Features.


Categories and Upgrades

If you hold a UCI International License, your Mountain Bike (XC  of DH) ability category could be one of the following depending upon  your age:

  • Novice: Riders new to the sport
  • Sport: Intermediate level riders
  • Expert: Skilled amateur riders
  • Pro-Elite: Professional level riders, who also have a UCI category of Under 23 or Elite

Cycling Kit

Road Safety Program

  • PEDAL Adventures Jersey-requirement
  • proper fitting shoes with no dangling laces
  • shorts or pants that won’t snag on bike
  • proper fitting helmet
  • crack/shatter resistant Sunglasses encouraged
  • cycling gloves
  • flat repair kit (tube, pump, tire levers, etc)
  • water bottles
  • clipless pedals and shoes are NOT required-flat pedals are acceptable

MTB Program

  • PEDAL Adventures Jersey-requirement
  • shorts or pants that won’t snag on bike
  • Mountain bike with gears and handbrake required , front suspension optional and/or disc brakes.
  • Dropper post recommended
  • Clipless pedals and shoes (and working knowledge of how to use them) 
  • OR mountain bike specific flat pedals 
  • Hydrapack with working bladder
  • flat repair kit (tube, pump, tire levers, etc)
  • proper fitting helmet-full faced not required and not recommended
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Knee/elbow pads encouraged
  • knee/full shin pads mandatory if riding flat pedals
  • crack/shatter resistant Sunglasses encouraged

Where we meet

Road safety program

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MTB program

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