In little over 40 years, mountain biking has grown from fringe activity to a massive global outdoor movement.
Transcending geographies, continents, seasons and demographics, the mountain bike has become a method of healthy escape, essential exercise and mindful discovery. But where did it all start?
People have been riding road bicycles off-road, for many decades. Before roads were paved, that was a given. In South Africa, the rural transport network, before cars arrived, was often supplemented by bicycles.