1) If Someone Ever Tells You That Mountain Biking Is Fun... Don’t Listen To Them

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2) It’s All An Elaborate Lie

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3) You Have To Ride Through Dark, Muddy Trails...

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4) ...Over Steep Hills

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5) ...Under Depressing Skies

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6) ...Through Ugly Tree After Ugly Tree

Seb Ramsay wets himself tackling a puddle... Photo: Tristan

7)  In Fact, You Never Get To See Anything Other Than Trees

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8) Seriously, If I Have To Look At Another View Like This, I’m Going To Pack It In

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9) You Can't Do It In The City, So What's The Point?

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10) All Mountain Biking Is Pretty Much The Same

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11) There’s Basically No Sense Of Danger...

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12) ...And Once You’ve Done One Trail, You’ve Done Them All

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13) The Bikes Are Pretty Freakin’ Ugly...

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14) ...As Is The Bulk of the Other Gear

Romauld Treuil, local mountain biker and the manager of Sport 1600 shop with Meribel and Mont Blanc in the background.

15) Some Trails Are Just Far TOO Fast To Look Cool

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16) And There’s Just No Reward For The Slow Climbs

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17) You Never Get To See Any Wildlife Either

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18) And The Places You Can Ride Are Just So Limited

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19) You Never Have the Chance To Test Yourself Against Other Riders

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20) There's Nobody To Look To For Inspiration

21) And All The Other Riders on the Tracks Are Always Such Tools

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22) Either That or You’ll End Up With Too Many Friends...

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23) ...And They’ll FORCE You Into Having A Few Beers After You've Finished Riding

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24) The Trails Are Always Too Busy

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25) Crowded With Cars and Pollution And Buses And Litter...

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26) ... And There’s Just No Way You Can Possibly Make Them Different Or Better

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27) ...So There Really Is Not Much Fun in Mountain Biking At All

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28) No Challenge

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29) No Scenery

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30) No Adrenaline

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31) No Exciting Festivals or Big Events To Attend


32) And Certainly No Sense of Achievement

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33) So Next Time Someone Tells You They Actually LIKE Doing This

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34) Tell Them The Game is Up. Mountain Biking is The Worst. And They Know It

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