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For those who aren’t accustomed to taking part in strenuous or high-intensity physical activities, the thought of mountain biking is undoubtedly an intimidating proposition. However, it’s a far simpler task than it appears to be on the surface, and it’s something that can easily become an enjoyable and rewarding hobby for those who are willing to give it a try. For those that are brave enough to give mountain biking a go, here are some tips to help get you started.

One of the biggest keys to mountain biking is the knowledge of what to do when going uphill and what to do when going downhill, because there is a big difference between the two. When going uphill, shift into a low gear to make pedaling easier, but before you shift, make sure you ease up on your pedaling to take pressure off the chain, doing so without stopping your pedaling completely. Also, keep in mind that the steeper the hill, the lower the gear to help you to find the right gear for each particular hill.

Enduro is a form of Mountain bike racing in which there is a number of timed downhill sections of trail, and a number of uphill transfer stages, which are not timed, but might have time limits to complete. It is a stage-race format where the winner is the rider who accumulates the lowest combined time from the various timed sections. Mountain bike enduro competitions typically take place over the course of 1 or 2 days, however, week-long enduro competitions do also exist. A typical one-day enduro race consists of 3 to 5 timed “special” stages which take place on technically demanding, generally descending terrain. These special stages are linked by predominantly ascending “liaison” stages. Although a rider’s specific performance on the physically demanding liaison stages does not affect his or her result, the liaisons are often associated with a time-cut off (i.e. a latest permitted arrival at the summit of the next special stage). The sport has taken root mostly in the Northwest of United States, and in Europe, locations known for its miles of winding single-track trails alongside old growth forest and bubbling creeks.