Mountain biking has grown in popularity since the 1970s. Trails for all levels of skill are available and can be beautiful and exhilarating. Take this quiz to learn more about discovering mountain bike trails.
Mountain biking really began to take off as a sport in the 1970s.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) was started up in 1988.
In 1996, mountain biking was included in the Atlanta Olympics. The 2012 event will be held in London and mountain biking is on the schedule.
IMBA members have donated a million hours for work on trail projects.
The IMBA has a trail rating system, there are also mountain biking guide books and Web sites have valuable information.
If a trail is rated a double black diamond, you should have major skills before attempting this ride.
Downhill tracks are the most fun for those who like to ride fast.
It is important to study the trail map before you set out.
Leave the perishable food at home but don't forget your map, compass, food, water, first aid kit, lighting and rain gear.
You will need to know how to read a map, repair your bike and help maintain the trail.
If you want to take a long ride, try a cross-country trail.
Riders are judged by their skill and technique to maneuver through mud, rocks and water without reaching out for balance or putting down a foot.
Volunteers do the majority of trail maintenance.
Basic trail maintenance includes cutting back tree limbs, clearing debris from storms, and repairing ruts and ditches.
Long competitive cross-country trails are 16 to 28 miles (26-45 kilometers) long.
Some love mountain bike riding for the challenge and others for the shear fun of it.
Grade is the slope of a trail and the preference for different grades differs among cyclists.
Single track trails are accessible to bicycle riders and hikers, only.
Trails are rated based on tread surface, grade, width, obstacles and technical trail features.
Biking enthusiasts and professional construction workers build the trails.