Issue 146: In Praise of Petrichor

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Mountain biking smells aren’t just of damp shoes and disappointment. There’s joy to be found in the company of a good trail nose. Words by Chipps, photography by Mark Do you remember your first off-road ride? Of course you do. Those tend to be burned in to our memories: the excitement of trying something new, the shock at how well your tyres and bike absorbed the bumps, the sheer terror of the speed and of losing traction on loose ground and, hopefully, the buzz of getting away with it. Of course, your first memory might be of a dull, wet...

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  • Issue 146: In Praise of Petrichor
  • Gunz
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    It has a name! The smell I have drawn deep into my lungs since my first youthful rides and which has kept me company through the intervening Winters, thank you.

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    Early 90s MTBing smells for me were GT85, cold(!) pine forests, strangely long cigarettes, petrol and damp/mouldy/sweaty track mitts.

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    It has a name!

    the chemical responsible is called Geosmin.

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    Yep. GT85 is what mountain biking smells of.

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