Give Offroad Cycling the exposure it deserves
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwXE6lANMQ0[/video]Posted 3 years ago
Some going on
http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/mountain-bike (National Broadcaster)
Amazing to see the crowds in yorkshire….let’s build on that and stop mtbing being ignored in the mainstreamPosted 3 years agolegendMember
Let’s be honest it could be a far superior spectacle to a load of blokes in lycra just pedalling.
Which part of moutainbiking should be covered? Enduro and XC are shit spectator sports (including compared to road races) and DH isn’t all that much better (especially or the general public who’ve never experienced it)Posted 3 years agolegendMember
mikewsmith – Member
DH is great to watch covered well, enduro has been round for 5mins and needs time. XC can work with the right setup. If F1 is a spectator sport then mtb can be.
Absolutely. To a normal punter a lot of DH tracks look rubbish, some of them even look rubbish to enthusiasts! Steepness never comes across so all you can do is tell people how steep something is, never mind explaining why the fastest people are avoiding the big jumps.
Enduro is tame, long DH. Even more difficult to cover, slower, less extreme – not good mainstream fodder.
XC is like road racing with none of the drama or spectacle.
F1 has incredible speed, glamour, (had) noise and there’s still an element of dangerPosted 3 years agofervouredimageMember
It may be selfish and narrow minded but I don’t want mountain biking to become the universally popular, overcrowded, over marketed, endless fighting for space sort of past time that road cycling has become.
Sometimes just making things bigger and more popular doesn’t mean better. Usually the opposite in fact.Posted 3 years agoDezBSubscriber
Weird petition that! Give it “exposure” is all it says. Not how, who or where. Who’s the “petition” for? Reads more like a plea on someone’s Facebook page.Posted 3 years ago
Are we somehow jealous of a long established sporting event getting TV coverage? I, personally, don’t understand the appeal of road cycling on TV, but getting mtb the same coverage isn’t going to happen, petition or not!oldgitMember
Please don’t get me wrong OP,but have you done anything to help make it more popular? I’m thinking, organising open days, races,sportives, beginers days, coaching, marshalling, trips for total strangers. All of which are meat and bone of road cycling in their aim of keeping the club and scene growing.Posted 3 years agoDickBartonMember
It already is too ‘popular’…look at all the standards that are now with us? Why? Because they help sell mtb to the masses…and they are lapping them up.Posted 3 years ago
Go to a trail centre and look at all the stormtroopers on their big bounce bikes riding the same trails as a lycra-clad hardball rider…also listen to discussions being had, they all believe what they do is proper mtbing…so no, I don’t think it needs to be more popular, just needs the marketing boys to be stopped for a while so we don’t get a load of new hype to try to digest!
More people on bikes is always a good thing, but with exposure comes a certain portrayal and that can lead to too many issues (like over use of travel and body armour – in the sense of that is what is seen so must be bought for that cycle lane commute to work – if it is needed then best get it, but if the most extreme measure is a kerb, then it isn’t needed and has been exposure/perception that has caused the purchase)projectMember
So how are you going to film an off road epic,and make it intresting to all, a few people with bike mouted cameras, boucing a long a dirt track followed by another cameraman in a 4 x4 .
There is a televised motb series due on tv in August over a week at National Trust properties.Posted 3 years agocookeaaSubscriber
That’s not really a petition more a dickhead ranting TBH.
MTBing, whatever sub-niche you are into, doesn’t really need the TV coverage the grand tours get, it doesn’t really require the sort of sponsorship and big budgets that lots of other sports seem to live pr doe by, and TBH I think I prefer it as it is, largely “self organising with a lighter touch from governing bodies below national level.
The best promotional tool We’ve got is the internet, those who want to find out about the sport all the clubs, events, courses, kit, etc can dig it out. I don’t really want a load of fad-chasers who “saw it on TV” clogging the trails until they find their next big thing. I’m all for people taking it up but I would rather it be pro-active individuals who can research and try stuff for themselves than people who need to be lead by the hand into everything…
What makes MTBing anymore deserving of coverage and “mainstream media” awareness than any one of a hundred other sports?
I frankly don’t give a toss if Sun readers or viewers of ‘the one show’ know or care about mountain biking…
TBH if the great British unwashed never quite got BMX en-masse, what makes you think they’ll grasp the subtitles of the Mountain bike and it’s various uses?Posted 3 years ago
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