This book represents the first critical examination of the social, cultural, and political significance of mountain biking in contemporary societies.

Starting from the premise that cultures of mountain biking are diverse, complex, and at times contradictory, this book offers practical and theoretical insights into a range of embodied, material, and socio-technical relationships. Featuring contributions from an interdisciplinary team of researchers, artists, and (Indigenous) community members with backgrounds in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, community development, and coaching, chapters critically unpack the complex and contested nature of mountain biking identities, bodies, environments, and inequalities within specific settings. Via a range of international case studies from England, Scotland, America, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, authors highlight how tensions and conflicts in the world of mountain biking initiate important conversations about climate change, colonialism, discrimination, and land-use.

This is essential reading for academics and practitioners in sociology, cultural studies, sport-for-development, and human geography.

chapter |14 pages


Mountain bike culture as a ‘structure of feeling’

part II|47 pages

Mountain biking bodies

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

A sociology of how things go wrong in mountain biking

Falling into place

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Encounters with mountain bike trail centre spaces

Experience landscapes

part III|59 pages

Mountain biking environments

chapter Chapter 7|12 pages

Downhill MTB, digital media, and DIY urbanism

Riding with Red Bull

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Sustainable mountain bike trails

Towards a holistic approach

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

No dig, no ride

Repairing and caring for DIY-designed mountain bike and BMX trails

part IV|58 pages

The cultural politics of mountain biking