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13-03-2024 | Ella van der Veer

MTB for dummies part 1: N+1

Many of our readers are seasoned cyclists, exploring stunning landscapes on their trusty carbon steeds and conquering every mountain pass with joy. But what could possibly top that? At CycloWorld, we have a contingent of mountain biking enthusiasts who are eager to share why adding a mountain bike to your collection (N+1, as they say) is a must. Let's explore five compelling reasons why mountain biking can enrich your cycling experience.

Mountain biking in the picturesque Salzkammergut region
Photo: The unparalleled beauty of mountain biking abroad. © Salzkammergut Trophy

1. A gateway to new terrain

Mountain biking opens up a whole new world, whether you're in the Netherlands or exploring globally. Ever curious about where that off-road trail leads? Mountain biking can take you there. It's a journey into the unknown, inaccessible to road bikes. This fresh environment not only rejuvenates your spirit but also reinvigorates your motivation and training experience with its novel challenges.

2. Training variety

Unlike the smooth predictability of asphalt, off-road trails offer an ever-changing terrain. Prepare for short, steep climbs, unexpected drops, and rocky paths. Mountain biking demands quick, explosive efforts and constant out-of-saddle maneuvers for optimal control. This results in an intense, varied workout in a shorter time frame, adding a dynamic twist to your regular training routine. Plus, it's an excellent way to strengthen your core.

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3. Immersion in nature

Mountain biking offers an escape from the frenetic pace of road cycling. Free from cars, traffic lights, and congested bike lanes, it’s a chance to embrace tranquility. With a broader range than hiking paths, you’re less likely to encounter walkers, allowing for a more solitary or intimate group experience. This solitude provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, soaking in the stunning vistas along your route.

4. An ideal winter pursuit

Though often seen as a summer sport, in many countries, mountain biking gains popularity in winter. When roads become too wet and chilly for comfortable road biking, the sheltered trails and higher intensity of mountain biking keep you warm, making it an ideal way to beat the winter blues. It’s a great way to stay in shape during the off-season, emerging stronger for the new cycling season. And who knows? You might get so hooked on mountain biking that it becomes a year-round passion!

Mountain biking in a beautiful, natural setting
Photo: The joy of local mountain biking, a guaranteed success. © Bart Brentjens Challenge

5. Enhances your cycling technique

Particularly for beginners, there’s much to gain in cycling technique from mountain biking. Navigating various turns, obstacles, drops, and jumps – as wild as you dare – sharpens your steering skills. The diverse terrain of the woods demands constant vigilance and bike control, enhancing your road biking skills too.

Feeling inspired and ready to consider a mountain bike? In our next article, we'll delve into the different types of mountain bikes available on the market. Stay tuned!

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