i'm curious if anyone is into downhill mountain biking.
i think downhilling is more of a strength sport than any other riding (except maybe trials, see below). you have short runs going fast on a heavy bike, spaced with lift/shuttle rides back to the top.
a lot of supporting muscle mass will help absorb impact from:
1 hitting a large drop
2 overshooting a jump/drop
3 generally eating shit (like hitting trees, landing on your face, bouncing off rocks, etc)
4 generally riding hard. especially if you ride a hardtail.
i think lots of strength will also help maneuver the bike on the rough stuff. also i've heard some people have grip issues after a day of hard riding.
really i just want an excuse to talk downhilling and lifting at the same time. there must be a few of you out there?
or maybe trials riding? hahaha that's even more unlikely. but that's another biking hobby that definitely could benefit from some extra muscle. you need flexibility, especially in the hips and legs. many trials moves are explosive and basically amount to jumping/leveraging yourself with the bike.