Mountain Masher

Mountain Masher

Mou-tn Masher

Noun, Verb

Mountain Masher is a term used to describe a long, difficult bikepacking route through mountainous terrain.

Example usage: 'He just completed a three day Mountain Masher route through the Rockies.'

Most used in: North America, particularly in mountainous regions.

Most used by: Bikepacking cyclists looking for a challenge.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Climber, Grinder, Grunter, Sufferer,

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What is a Mountain Masher?

Mountain Masher is a term used among cyclists to describe a challenging ride that involves a lot of climbing. It is usually a long-distance ride that involves steep and/or sustained climbs, often in mountainous terrain.

Mountain mashers are not to be confused with mountain biking, which involves riding off-road trails and obstacles. Mountain mashers are typically done on paved roads and are designed to test a cyclist’s endurance and strength. Many mountain mashers are organized events that span several days, giving riders the opportunity to experience different terrain and landscapes.

Mountain mashers can be extremely difficult, as the climbs can be both long and steep. It takes a great deal of physical and mental strength to complete a mountain masher. However, the rewards can be great, as the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing a mountain masher is unmatched.

According to the Strava Global Heatmap, the most popular mountain mashers in the world are located in the United States, France, and Italy. With the right preparation and training, mountain mashers can be a great way to challenge yourself and explore different parts of the world.

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The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Mountain Masher'

The term 'Mountain Masher' is a colloquial expression used by cyclists to describe a particularly difficult climb. The phrase is believed to have originated in the United States in the early 1900s, and was used to refer to a steep hill or mountain pass that was especially challenging to climb. It was likely first used by cyclists in the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch across parts of the eastern US.

The exact origin of the term is unknown, but its use has been documented in cycling circles since at least the 1940s. The phrase also appears in the title of a popular cycling book from the 1950s, 'Mountain Mashers: A History of Bicycle Hillclimbing'.

Today, 'Mountain Masher' is still used to describe a steep and difficult climb, and is also used to describe cyclists who excel at hillclimbing. The phrase is still widely used in the US, but has also spread to other countries including the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

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