Is Texas MTB comparable to Road riding?
So I came across a video yesterday while at work. It has this guy Johan in it that is a pro or semi-pro mountain bike racer. He got his start mountain biking in Texas and then moved away to Pennsylvania. Well, when he was asked what it was like to mountain bike in Texas he said it was like road riding.
Here is his video where he makes such outrageous accusations.
Texas MTB is NOT Road Riding
I can definitely understand his misconception about Texas mountain biking, but lets face it we are seriously blessed with some great trails here in Texas. Every major metropolitan city in the state has multiple trails, each with their own character and challenges. Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso… Every one has a network of great mountain bike trails. I get it that we don’t have any real mountains through most of the state, but the trails that we do have are excellent. Just check out trails like my favorites, Northshore and Big Ceder Wilderness Trail, you definitely won’t think that mountain biking here is easy and certainly not like road riding. Head to Reveille Peak Ranch and you’ll find 60+ miles of killer singletrack and incredible views (still dying to experience this one first hand).
Go down to Palo Duro Canyon State park and bike through the second largest canyon in the United States.
We already have enough challenges just from people in our own cities. If you tell someone that you’re a mountain biker, 4 times out of 5 they will give you a dumbfounded look and ask “where do you mountain bike, there are no mountains?”
Look you MTB hating jokers, Texas mountain biking rocks. We don’t care what you say.
Get out today and fill someone in on how awesome mountain biking is, especially here in Texas. Or leave your thoughts on the Texas Mountain Bike Trails Facebook page. Lets get the rest of the state on a bike and amped about riding.
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