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It's all downhill from here

08 September, 2015   Sport Singapore

Downhill mountain biking

Downhill mountain biking (DHI) is defined by the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), as “a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. Photo: Sport Singapore


If careening wildly at speeds up to 80 km/h while trying to avoid closely spaced trees, potholes, loose soil and the occasional wild boar is your idea of fun. We’ve got the sport for you.


Downhill mountain biking (DHI) is defined by the sport’s governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), as “a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to affront tree roots, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles along the way.”

So, let’s break it down, “rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages” in other words it’s going to be quick and really, really tricky. “The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills”; the fact that courage is mentioned before technical and piloting skills says a lot about the sport. If you don’t have the bravery, we suggest sticking to croquet. “Tree roots, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles”; just some of the things trying to trip you up as you hurtle toward the finish line.

What next? Well, training hard along the trails in Bukit Timah and Mandai of course. Most mountain bike trails have downhill sections varying from moderate to challenging. 
  

Downhill mountain biking

The 9th edition of the Singapore Mountain Bike Carnival, held at Mandai Track 15, saw competitions across the plethora of events in the mountain bike disciplines. Photo: Sport Singapore 



Been practising and want to kick it up a notch? That's where competitions like the recently concluded Singapore Mountain Bike Carnival/ OCBC Singapore Mountain Bike Championship 2015 come in.

The 9th edition of the Singapore Mountain Bike Carnival, held at Mandai Track 15, saw competitions across the plethora of events in the mountain bike disciplines including cross country, marathon cross country and, of course perennial crowd pleaser, downhill.

And it was in downhill where the finest margins of victory were recorded with competitors placing within milliseconds of each other. Tan Hong Chun (Team Santa Cruz Singapore) edged out the field to retain his National Champion title for Men's Elite. 

Downhill mountain biking

A competitor in action during the downhill race at the Singapore Mountain Bike National Championship 2015. Photo: Sport Singapore


So what are you waiting for? Pick up that bicycle, slap on your safety gear and get pedalling like a bat out of hell.