Rocky mountain biking, the first sport to gain mainstream popularity since the horseback riding of the 1890s, is a fast-growing, young, and fiercely competitive sport that has emerged as a major force in the mountain bike scene.
While some may think that the sport has been in decline since the 1980s, it has actually grown substantially over the last decade.
According to data from the American Cycling Association, the number of registered mountain bikers in the United States reached an all-time high in 2010, and by 2020, the sport could easily outpace the number riding in the country.
While the sport’s popularity has also been on the rise among teens, young adults, and women, there are some who say the sport needs to continue growing to meet the needs of an aging population.
“It’s like the old saying, ‘When the economy collapses, you can blame the economy,'” said Brian Smith, a professional mountain biker and owner of Rocky Mountain Bike Shop in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“But when the economy improves, then you can say, ‘Well, we need more people riding.'”
Smith’s shop is one of the few in the Rocky Mountain region that focuses on building and maintaining a mountain bike shop.
He is currently the manager of the shop, and has a full-time staff of more than 200 riders, most of whom are between the ages of 18 and 30.
He has been a mountain biking enthusiast since he was a kid, riding bikes on his grandfather’s farm, and taking lessons at a local mountain bike club.
“It was something that I always wanted to do,” Smith said.
“I thought, ‘If I can’t do it, then I can at least try to get some money from it.'”
For many, mountain biking is the sport of choice when they need to go out on the mountain.
But in the past few years, there have been signs that the popularity of the sport is waning.
While many people enjoy riding in snow, the average American rider rides a bike in a lot more conditions than ever before, according to a 2015 report by the Mountain Biking Association.
In addition, there is an increasing trend among young riders to choose mountain biking as their preferred form of transportation, according a 2014 survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
“I’ve had a lot of friends who have gone back to mountain biking because of the economic downturn,” said Smith, who has been riding for about 20 years.
“When the economic boom began, we were getting paid $20 an hour.
Now we get paid $1 an hour.”
While many riders say that the decline of mountain biking may be linked to the economy, many say that they are still riding for fun.
Many riders have ridden the mountain since they were little, and it’s been their passion since they could walk.
The growth of mountain bikes has also led to a growing demand for gear, as the industry has grown exponentially.
As more people have access to mountain bikes and equipment, the demand for new products has grown, Smith said, and prices for equipment have increased.
Smith said that the industry will continue to grow and grow, but he hopes that the market for mountain bikes will also grow, and that the need for riders will increase.
When Smith is not working, he can be found on the trails, hiking, riding, or just riding around.
Smith, who currently rides in Colorado, said that he is looking forward to the next decade.
For more information on mountain biking in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, visit rockymountainbike.com.