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Video: Mountain Biking is Becoming a Popular High School Sport

While mountain biking is still a young sport compared to its action sports counterparts, it’s growing fast. One of the biggest catalysts for growth is the next generation. Kids and teens are stoked as Matt and Jason from IFHT discovered from a visit to Waterloo, Wisconsin for a National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) event.

RELATED: Mountain Biking Should be a Family Affair

Currently, there are 18,500 kids competing in over 1000 teams within NICA, and it’s only looking to grow. And as the sport gains momentum thanks to groups like NICA, kids are learning that biking is more than just riding fun singletrack, but an incredible tool for character building and connecting with your fellow peers.

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Video: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park
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Video: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park

Video: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park

Fatbiking has been on the rise of late, and riders are getting creative. As a prime example, check out this video of Pat Smage ripping up the terrain park at Alpine Valley Resort in Elkhorn, WI. It's pretty impressive to see what a biker can do on terrain features intended for skiers and snowboarders.  Related: Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking It's hard to say if there's a trend being born here or if this is just a one-off, but we certainly hope that it's the former. There's a lot

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Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking
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Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking

Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking

I mean Red Bull Rampage is cool, but what about sessioning the biggest jumps in the world with a dozen of your best friends? That’s what the FEST series is all about, and the latest event – Darkfest 2019 – pushed mountain biking progression even further into the stratosphere. This event isn’t about racing the clock or who can spin the most times, it’s simply about gathering a community of like-minded riders and giving them the playground of their dreams. RELATED: Video - Complete Carnage at

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Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom
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Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom

Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom

While we might all still be buried under one of the deepest snowpacks we’ve seen in awhile in North America, our mountain biking brethren just kicked off the first stop of the Crankworx 2019 World Tour in Rotorua, New Zealand. A gathering of like-minded shredders, Crankworx acts as a celebration of sport and a lifestyle we all share – and comes at a time of deep sadness for the community after the nation’s recent violent events. RELATED: Fatbike Freeride in the Terrain