Adam Craig racing EWS round 2 in 2014, Emerald Enduro, Wicklow, Ireland. Photo by Sven Martin.

Whether you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday or not, we all have a lot to be thankful for in our respective mountain bike communities. Many riders in the U.S. will be heading out to the trails with friends to empty the calorie bank before refueling with a hearty meal later in the day. Having that sweet bike, trails to ride, shred friends, and the ability to take a day off and enjoy it all is reason enough to be thankful.

Former professional mountain biker Adam Craig is fond of the phrase “it’s an amazing time to be a mountain biker”, and I can fully agree with him. Our trails improve and grow longer every year, there are more of them, bikes are shedding weight and are more capable with every iteration, and even the most brutish Flinstone-style riders have a hard time breaking components these days. There has never been a better time to enjoy our sport than now, and I am thankful for all of it!

# Comments

  • rmap01

    If you are able to mountain bike you should be so grateful for so many things (your list and more)!

  • Oldandrolling

    and… it beats the heck out of baseball, basketball, football, fishing, golf, tennis and swimming. Which are all more popular in my local area.

  • m.krupp

    Hard to nail it down to one:
    Quality bikes – thanks to all those in the industry working to make quality components, bikes, shocks, tires, wheels
    Quality gear – pads, gloves, helmets, eye wear that protect me and are comfortable and affordable
    Trail builders – thank-you for giving your time and efforts
    Riding buddies – I enjoy any time I can ride but sure is good to share the stoke
    Community – love mountain bikers and how they support each other and always root for everyone’s success
    time with my kids – a fun and challenging activity that we always return home with stories for mom
    nature – tree, creeks, drops, hills, mountains, sunrise, sunset, leaves, color, birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, skunks etc
    mountain biking – a valid reason to be a kid again my 40’s

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