Death on two Legs
By Timothy Wee
April 3, 2013
Welcome to our new weekly series on Alternative Sports.
We would like to begin this series by exploring the growing field of extreme biking!
Though there are many aspects to extreme biking, let’s explore one of the most well known one...BMX RACING.
Started in the 1970s’, BMX racing is the sport of racing dirt bicycles around a purpose built track. It consists of eight participants doing a single lap around a dirt course. The riders travel at high speeds as they navigate various gruelling obstacles such as jumps and rollers.
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It is essential for BMX riders to possess strength, agility and lightning fast reflexes. The sport also places a heavy emphasis on the equipment as well. A quintessential BMX bicycle is a sturdy lightweight frame bike which is responsive to the rider.
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It is hard to believe that this popular sport was born out from a bunch of southern Californian kids racing their wheelie bicycles on dirt tracks. The ease of customising their wheelie bicycles helped foster the growth of the sport to its first world championship in 1982. Today, BMX racing is a main staple event at the Summer X Games Extreme Sports competition as well as the Olympic Games. BMX serves as a good introductory platform for cyclists to hone their skills before progressing to other types of cycling sports.
Mountain biking (Off Trail Biking)
Mountain biking is the sport of riding a specially designed mountain bike off road, usually over rough terrain. It is largely an individual sport that places heavy emphasis on the rider’s endurance, core strength, bike handling skills and self-reliance.
Photo courtesy of basquemtb.com
There are many different categories of mountain biking such as cross country (XC), trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride, dirt jumping and trial. Although mountain biking can be done almost everywhere, most prefer to ride away from urban surroundings. The harsh natural terrain is part of the sport which fosters the rider’s independence.
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It is extremely vital to bring along a backpack filled with basic supplies such as snacks, water, basic bike repair tools and navigational tools. In the event of any bike or tyre damage, riders must be able to perform repairs by themselves since they are far from civilisation. However, the gratification of having conquered Mother Nature will definitely be worth the experience.
Photos courtesy of guardian.co.uk and visitsaltlake.com
Are you itching to try your legs at pedalling?
Check out our Bike Fair for a set of wheels this weekend!
SAFRA Bike Fair
5 -7 April (Friday- Sunday)
11am to 8pm (Friday & Sunday) 11am to 10pm (Saturday)
Venue: SAFRA Tampines, Multi-Purpose Hall
Join SAFRA’s Cycling Club and join like-minded individuals today!
You can also check out the Singapore Cycling Federation for more information.
Check out the OCBC Cycle Singapore event and start your cycling adventure today!