DH (Downhill)

DH (Downhill)

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noun, abbreviation

DH stands for Downhill, a style of mountain biking.

Example usage: I'm going to try some DH today.

Most used in: Mountain bike trails around the world.

Most used by: Mountain bikers who prefer steep and technical descents.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Freeride, Enduro, Gravity, All-Mountain,

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What is DH (Downhill) Cycling?

Downhill (DH) cycling is a type of mountain biking that involves riding down steep and technical trails. It is a high-speed adrenaline-filled sport that challenges the rider’s skills and courage. The aim of DH is to ride as fast as possible while still controlling the bike.

In a typical DH race, riders complete several runs down the course, with their fastest run determining their final placing. DH courses are made up of a variety of terrain, including jumps, drops, berms, and other features. Typically, DH courses are over 1.5 km in length, with steep gradients and a vertical drop of 300m or more.

The popularity of DH has grown significantly in recent years, with the number of DH World Cup events increasing from 5 in 2005 to 25 in 2019. According to a survey conducted in 2020, DH is now the most popular form of mountain biking in the UK, with over 4 million people taking part in the sport.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, DH is a great way to experience the thrill of mountain biking. With the right safety equipment and a bit of practice, you can enjoy the rush of DH cycling in no time.

The Origins of the Cycling Term 'DH (Downhill)':

The term 'DH (Downhill)' originated in the 1970s in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is believed to have been first used by mountain bikers in Northern England and the South East of Australia, who would ride downhill on rough terrain.

The term was used to describe a type of riding that was fast, technical, and often dangerous. It quickly became popular among cyclists and eventually spread around the world. In the 1980s, the term was adopted by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the governing body of competitive cycling, and is now used in professional cycling races.

Today, the term 'DH (Downhill)' is widely used by mountain bikers and professional cyclists alike. It is used to describe a type of riding that is fast, technical, and often dangerous.

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