Saturday 21 October 2017
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Mountain Biking

Brighton Excelsior now offer adult mountain biking at the same time as the weekly rides run by our development club, VC Jubilee. These start from AOAC, Shoreham, BN43 5LT every Saturday from 10:00. Please note that on the first Saturday of each month the ride will be from Stanmer Park, Brighton. Brighton Excelsior members race in local events such as the Southern XCs and Brighton Big Dog as well as other endurance and team events across the region. If you want to get involved in mountain biking either just turn up on a Saturday or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more information.

History & Information

Mountain Biking is still a relatively new discipline. The bikes were first developed in the mountains of California and only went into mass production in the 1980s.  MTBs are great all round machines which perform well on any terrain so they are a great choice of first bike for youngsters. The rider sits in an upright position, with straight handlebars, a comfy saddle and a wide selection of gears. Tyres are quite wide for extra grip, there are disc brakes and most bikes have some form of suspension either front only [hardtail] or full front and rear.

Mountain biking has only been a mainstream cycling discipline since the late 1980s. Races have several formats but they are generally either classed as Cross Country [XC] or Downhill. The first cross-country UCI World Cup series was held in 1989. The Downhill World Cup started two years later and the Dual Slalom World Cup was launched in 1998. Mountain biking made its first Olympic appearance in Atlanta in 1996.

Cross Country events are held on a mix of open and closed, technical and hilly terrain. Downhill races are shorter with no climbing involved. Both feature downhill slopes incorporating technical sections, berms, drop offs and other obstacles. Side by side slalom events have evolved into ‘4 Cross’ which see 4 riders tackle a downhill course at the same time. Enduro rides are like longer XC rides with more emphasis on downhill and in ‘Fox Hunts’ a large field of amateur riders try to catch an elite ‘fox’ with no fixed route across rugged, open terrain. So there is plenty for the ambitious mountain biker to aim for.

Calendar

Sat Oct 21 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Cancelled Youth Mountain Biking - AOAC
Sat Oct 21 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Adult Mountain Biking
Sun Oct 22 @09:00 -
Sunday Road Rides
Tue Oct 24 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Cyclocross Training
Wed Oct 25 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Turbo Training
Thu Oct 26 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Thursday Thrash
Sat Oct 28 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Youth Mountain Biking - AOAC
Sat Oct 28 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Adult Mountain Biking
Sun Oct 29 @09:00 -
Sunday Road Rides
Tue Oct 31 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Cyclocross Training
Wed Nov 01 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Turbo Training
Thu Nov 02 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Thursday Thrash
Sat Nov 04 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Mountain Biking - Stanmer Park
Sat Nov 04 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Adult Mountain Biking
Sun Nov 05 @09:00 -
Sunday Road Rides
Tue Nov 07 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Cyclocross Training
Wed Nov 08 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Turbo Training
Thu Nov 09 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Thursday Thrash
Sat Nov 11 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Youth Mountain Biking - AOAC
Sat Nov 11 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Adult Mountain Biking
Sun Nov 12 @09:00 -
Sunday Road Rides
Tue Nov 14 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Cyclocross Training
Wed Nov 15 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Turbo Training
Thu Nov 16 @18:30 - 08:00PM
Thursday Thrash
Sat Nov 18 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Youth Mountain Biking - AOAC
Sat Nov 18 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Adult Mountain Biking
Sun Nov 19 @09:00 -
ESCA Reliability Ride
Sun Nov 19 @09:00 -
Sunday Road Rides