There are different types of mountain bikes for each type of mountain bike races.
- Cross-country (XC): A couple of laps around a large loop of varied terrain.
- Hillclimb (HC): A hillclimb is usually a “time trial” race, with you against the mountain.
- Downhill (DH): Like the hillclimb, the DH race is a time trial. Riders head downhill alone, trying to get the fastest riding time. A DH race may involve tough stuff like ledge drops and technical rock. A variant of downhill is the “Super D,” which is an XC race down ski resort trails that often involves some climbing.
Brian at Highland Park and Brandon at Wilmette are mountain bike racers. They can help you find the right bike and fit for your next race.