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Noun, Adjective

XC (Cross Country) is a type of mountain biking that involves riding on natural terrain.

Example usage: I'm heading out for an XC ride this weekend.

Most used in: Mountain biking communities around the world.

Most used by: Mountain bikers who enjoy riding on single-track trails.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Mountain biking, Trail riding, All-Mountain, Enduro, XCM (Cross Country Marathon),


What is XC (Cross Country) Cycling?

XC (Cross Country) cycling is a type of mountain biking that typically involves riding on dirt trails, gravel roads, and other off-road terrain. It is a popular form of cycling, with an estimated 8.3 million people in the United States participating in mountain biking in 2018.

XC cycling can involve a variety of different distances, from short sprints to multi-day events. It is often divided into three distinct categories: marathon, cross-country, and downhill. Marathon XC cycling involves long-distance events, usually lasting several hours, while cross-country cycling is more focused on technical terrain and short, fast-paced races. Downhill XC cycling is focused on downhill speed and technical skill.

XC cycling is a great way to explore the outdoors, stay fit, and challenge yourself. It is a sport that requires a high level of skill and endurance, and is a great way to get out and enjoy nature. With the right gear and training, it can be a thrilling and rewarding experience.

The Origin of the Term 'XC (Cross Country)'

The term XC (Cross Country) was first used in the early 20th century when it was applied to describe a type of cycling race. This race was held in the United Kingdom and was held over long distances, usually over rough terrain. The first recorded usage of the term was in a newspaper article in the Daily Mail in 1923.

The term XC was used to distinguish this type of cycling race from other types of cycling races such as road races, track races, and mountain bike races. The first XC race was held in 1924 and was known as the National Cyclists’ Union Cross Country Championship. This race was held in England and was won by a British cyclist.

The term XC has since become a widely used term to refer to any type of cycling race that is held over long distances and on rough terrain. It is now used to refer to both competitive and recreational cycling events. XC races are now held all over the world and are a popular form of competitive cycling.

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