|Governing Body:||Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)|
Mountain Biking is one of the disciplines of the sport cycling. The cyclists ride the bicycles off-road, often through rough courses by using specially designed mountain bikes, these bikes are very much similar to other bikes but with some special additional features that enhance the performance and durability in rough terrain. The sport requires great amount of self-control, core-strength, balance, bike handling skills and endurance.
It was invented in the late 1900s in California whereas the first mountain bikers were the members of the Velo Club Mount Tamalpais. At first, the mountain biking consisted of peddling the cruiser bicycles down the trails and fire roads.
The first championship of the sport was held in 1983 in the United States. However, it quickly gained popularity in Australia as well as in Europe. Mountain Biking was also featured in the Atlanta Summer Olympics of 1996, with a cross-country event for males and females.
The objective of the bikers is to cover the given distance in a shorter period of time than the other competitors.
Male and female participants have separate competitions although there are no restrictions for either of the sex to participate in the competition of other.
Inducted in the Mountain Bike hall of Fame, Hans Rey is a mountain bicyclist who is also known as “Free ride”. He has won a large no. of bike trials riding championships including Swiss, German and USA National Championships and a lot more.
He is a retired professional mountain biker from Switzerland. Thomas has been named as Europe's Elder Statesman of mountain biking because of his extremely long career at the top level of the sport.