XC Mountain Bike Racing Guide
with Ronja Blöchlinger, Liv Factory Racing athlete
Mountain biking has always been a part of my life. Growing up, my family never had a car so we were always traveling by bike. Racing has been a part of my life for almost as long. I entered my first cross country (XC) mountain bike race when I was just five years old. I loved it right away – I liked the competition. I even won my first race and thought, “I’m good at this, I’ll keep doing it!” What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was the only girl and won by default!
I have always dreamed about racing against the world’s best athletes, but I started out racing small, local races. After years at the local level, I began going to some bigger national-level races. The great thing about XC mountain bike racing is there is something for everyone. If you’d like to get started, your local community likely has some great local mountain bike races for beginners. Just do a little research, sign up, go with friends and have fun on the bike! No matter what your racing goals are, having fun is the most important part.
Want to know more? Whether you want to become a racer or just a fan of racing, here’s what you need to know about the different XC mountain bike racing disciplines.