Cycling of descent (mountain)
VTT of descent (also indicated by the anglophone expression downhill mountain biking or simply downhill ) is a sporting discipline in which the goal is to go down, using a VTT, tracks especially designed through the mountain.
The cycling of descent
Sport ignored among the various practices of cycling, one regards the VTT of descent as true a mechanical Sport. The goal: to go down from the technical paths or the tracks especially designed through the mountain, in competition (timed descent) or in a free way (free-wrinkle).
It is a sport which requires real physical capacities, because it is not enough to be simply let go on the slope. It is necessary to show of engagement, technicality and to have a sharpened direction of piloting to face the roots, cants, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles met at the time of a descent.
The materialTo practice this discipline, an adapted material is essential. The pilot must be equipped with a integral Casque, of Lunette S or of a Masque, long Gant S and also of Protection S. Their role is essential to be protected from the falls (slips or shocks) but also from projections. There exist thus specific protections which recover: front armlevers, elbows, shoulders, the spinal column, hips, knees as well as the tibiae.
The bicycle of descent must be before very resistant, must have of effective suspensions and a powerful braking. One amalgamates VTT, and the Motocross. Technological advances make it possible to carry out extremely sophisticated VTT of descent today, especially in the field of the suspensions.
This discipline requires a specialized material and often expensive. Manufactured on weaker scale, meeting needs for solidity and reliability, a bicycle of descent generally reaches prices higher than 2000€ and frequently going up to 6000€. However the manufacturers also propose with tariffs cheaper of the effective and reliable VTT to practice the descent without ruining itself.
All the bicycles of the market cannot undergo the same treatments. A VTT the bottom-of-the-range one, such as one finds of it in hypermarket, although apparently suspended, will not be able to support the constraints that bicycles high-ends undergo. To borrow a permanent track of descent with an unsuited bicycle represents a risk of serious wounds, even a mortal risk.
Some marks of bicycles of descent
- Intense WP
- Iron Horse
- Santa Cruz
Why practice the VTT of descent?
To the image of the Ski, the VTT of descent brings great feelings, as soon as a high speed is reached or that one crosses important obstacles. For the practitioners, this discipline joined the spirit of the sliding sports perfectly: adrenalin, speed, self-control, search of style and fluidity. The pleasure is what guides these cyclists, contrary to others practical which stress the endurance or physical resistance. The practitioners are of in love with nature, so much it offers a diversity of playing fields to them. Everywhere where there is slope, the chute can be expressed. This will to exploit to the maximum the ground, even far from the mountains, led to the emergence of alternative practices: the extreme freeride, the dirt, the boarder cross-country race (or dual slalom) and the street.
Monitors of graduate VTT of State
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