Generally in MTBing XC or cross country is the most accessible side to off road riding. One can start off with the most basic bike and a good helmet and get the same sort of buzz as those on more advanced ‘cles. Time spent out on the trail varies. A short ride is probably around the 45min mark. Rides normally average one to two hours. Though some groups do regular rides of up to three hours, with the occasional ride that is more of a marathon. The terrain sometimes includes fire roads, pathways and 4WD type tracks, but the real draw are the narrow single (lane) tracks which have varying levels of technical complexity. This can mean hammering up and then flying down steep trails, negotiating obstacles and carving up the bends. Start out with terrain that has some challenge, but make sure the riding is within you control.
GCMTB recommends not riding alone. So a great way to start out MTBing would be to contact the club and see about joining one of the organised social rides. Or it is highly likely that a casual riding group from the GCMTB will help out any one they come across that is in need of some local knowledge. Then for those who like a bit of competition the club seeks to run regular first Sunday of the month racing. Building on this type of racing there is more serious racing that club members are involved in which include: short track XC; Olympic format XC; endurance racing 60-100km; marathon racing as teams or solo as 3, 4, 6 ,8, 12 or 24HR events; and even single speed racing on bikes with one gear. For info on any of this keep in touch with the news section of this site or follow the club’s Facebook page. And for where to ride check out this website’s trail info.