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Mountain Biking

If you need a break from the city, get out to the countryside and try some mountain biking

Mountain biking has three main types:

  • Cross Country (XC). As the name suggests, this is over a variety of terrain, with climbs and descents. Courses can be A to B, out-and-back or in a loop. Bikes are lightweight, usually with front (and sometimes rear) suspension.
  • Downhill (DH). No prizes for guessing which direction this is! Courses can be steep and over rough terrain with jumps and drop-offs. Needs a chunky bike with big knobbly tyres and serious suspension.
  • Four-cross (4X). This like a BMX-style race but downhill and on mountain bikes. Shoulder-to-shoulder with lots of jumps and turns it's exhilerating but not for the fainthearted.

A list of trail centres can be found at:

There are lots of other local routes to explore:

There are also your local cycling clubs which do organised Mountain Bike rides. These clubs have active MTB sections:   Derby Mercury   Derwent Valley All Terrain Club   Matlock CC