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The History Of Mountain Bikingfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
With a bit of research, you'll discover there's a lot of information available about the history and origins of mountain biking.
Some say that mountain biking began with the Buffalo Soldiers, which was a turn of the century infantry who customized bikes to carry gear over rough and tough terrain. They began in August of 1896 over the course of 800 miles. Their mission was simple -- test bikes for military use in the toughest of terrain.
Others say it was the Velo Cross Club of France that originated mountain biking. The club was comprised of 20 young bikers from Paris who, between 1951 and 1956, developed a sport that resembles present day mountain biking.
On the other hand, it could have been John Finley Scott, who was the first mountain biker in the U.S. In 1953 he constructed what he called a "Woodsie Bike", using a diamond frame, balloon tires, flat handle bars and cantilever brakes. He was more than 20 years ahead of his time. Even though he remained an off road enthusiast, there were many at that time who didn't share that same passion.
Today, we believe the history of the mountain bike is most apparent in Northern California. There are a few areas that claim to be the first community for mountain biking, although history books will tell you Marin County.
The sport of mountain biking has taken many twists and turns over the last hundred years. Even though there are many different opinions about the history and origination of mountain biking, we know one thing for sure -- the sport of mountain biking was born to give anyone who has an adventurous spirit an opportunity to enjoy nature and freedom.
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