Biking Styles - Part II
In part 1 of our short summary of mountain biking styles, I described XC and downhill biking. Those are the two most known biking styles with plenty of opportunities to experience them in mountain biking holidays in Alps. This article will describe two less know biking styles, yet one can find trail that require these styles of riding, in the Morzine area too.
Free-Ride: FR riding is similar in some ways to DH riding. FR is characterized by riding rough terrain and difficult descends. As a pose to DH riding, that usually contains riding trails that were specially prepared for riders with special obstacles, FR riding specializes in riding the natural terrain. For FR riding it is required to wear full body safety gear that include: a helmet that covers all of the bikers‘ head, chest and shoulder safety gear and gloves that cover all of the hands . Bikes that are meant for FR riding are usually heavier, sturdier and with full suspension. There are many trails in Morzine fit for FR riding. One can enjoy FR riding in the trails of the Morgins and Les Crosets areas, both in the Morzine region.
Mountain Cross - (4X) - 4X is a newer biking style than the others. Differently from the other styles, this style is a racing style. 4X is distinguished from the other styles in which that it resembles the BMX courses that we used to see on TV. 4X gets its name from it objective. Four riders start the track and try to get down the track first. Bikes that are made for 4X racers are heavier than usual and are to be with full suspension. Even if you are not a professional racer you can have a chance to experience 4X racing in the famous 4 track trails that Morzine have to offer.
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