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A long-distance mountain bike race

Example usage: I'm training for an MTB Marathon this weekend.

Most used in: Mountain biking communities around the world.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and cycling enthusiasts.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Enduro, XCM, Cross-Country Marathon, Mountain Bike Marathon,


What is an MTB Marathon?

MTB Marathon, or Mountain Bike Marathon, is a type of cycling event that focuses on long-distance cross-country riding. It is a timed event, and the length of the course can range from 30 to 100 km, with some even reaching up to 300 km in length. The terrain of the course can vary depending on the event, and can include anything from single track trails, fire roads, and even some pavement.

These events are popular all over the world, and have grown in popularity in recent years. In Europe, the UCI Marathon Series is one of the most well-known MTB Marathon events, and it brings together some of the best riders from all over the world. In the US, the National Ultra Endurance Series is one of the most popular MTB Marathon events, with over 1000 riders competing each year.

MTB Marathons provide an exciting challenge for cyclists, and are a great way to test your endurance and skill. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there is an MTB Marathon event for everyone. So if you are looking for a challenge and some adventure, why not give an MTB Marathon a try!


The Birth of Mountain Bike Marathons

The term 'MTB Marathon' was first used to describe a mountain bike race in the late 1980s in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. The race, known as 'The Repack', was the first of its kind and was created by Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, and Joe Breeze. It consisted of a 15-mile course with a descent of over 2,000 feet.

In the following years, MTB Marathons began to spread throughout the United States and Europe. The first European MTB Marathon was held in 1990 in the Italian Dolomites. Since then, MTB Marathons have become popular events in many countries around the world, with some of the biggest events attracting thousands of participants each year.

Today, MTB Marathons are typically long-distance races that take place over a variety of terrain, including hills, forests, and trails. The races are usually divided into different categories, such as marathon, half-marathon, and ultra-marathon, with different distances and levels of difficulty. The races are often used to raise money for charity, with the proceeds going to help support a variety of causes.

MTB Marathons have become a popular way for cyclists to challenge themselves and push their limits. With the increased popularity of the sport, MTB Marathons are now being held all over the world, from small-town events to world-class races.

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