Roadies vs. mountain bikers: who’s more hardcore? It’s an age old debate that normally ends in pleasingly creative name calling, and in the name of antagonisation I thought we’d poke the bear a little more for this week’s edition of Over to You.
It was once said by legendary directeur sportif Jean de Gribaldy that “Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport… One doesn’t play at cycling”
While we’d never accuse Jens ‘shut up legs’ Voight or Gee Atherton of ‘playing at cycling’, which of their respective disciplines impresses you most?
While it’s easy to be awe struck by the incredible skill and bravery that it takes to throw yourself off a cliff or hit a boulder-dashed downhill run at a zillion miles an hour, the spectacle of a malnourished climber mashing themselves up some ridiculous gradient is perhaps equally as impressive.
On the other hand, the razor sharp handling skills and all-out fitness demanded by modern XC racing makes this writer wince at the sheer thought of such effort.
Our resident racer Joe, who’s certainly no stranger to suffering on the bike, attests to this and reckons that out of all the disciplines he’s raced in (and he’s raced nearly everything), XC is by far the most suffer-est.
Want to watch Joe hurt himself on a bike? Check out our video about his 2016 hill climb season
So mountain bikers, flip that snapback and take a hit of your favourite energy drink. Roadies, lube up and don your most aggressive socks, it’s time to do battle!
What do you reckon is the most hardcore discipline of cycling? Can you think of any particularly memorable efforts of your own? As always, share your thoughts and pictures below.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported in the cycling media. Jack has been a Senior Staff Writer at BikeRadar for three years now and is currently testing an All-City Mr Pink as his long term test bike.