is essentially mixed terrain racing in the mountains. Also called alpine+cross,
courses usually feature natural alpine obstacles requiring a racer to
dismount and carry or haul the bike for short sections. Obstacles
range from small cliff bands and steep sections to rivers and glaciers.
The more extreme forms of the sport requires
mountaineering and climbing skills as well as alternative bicycle hauling
Like cyclocross, mountain+cross is staged
on a course offering a variety of terrain and obstacles. Cyclocross
is a flat-lander sport with short hills and human made barriers. Courses
may be on dirt paths and grass. Laps on relatively short courses are
also the norm.
Mountain+cross in contrast relies on alpine topography and natural obstacles.
Climbing long steep hills is often included. Courses include pavement,
dirt road, single track and just about any trail surface available in
the mountains. Courses are usually longer and may include laps or one
time around. On occasion, start and ending are not the same location.
The mountain+cross aesthetic can be applied to dual mountain sports.
Some of the recent duathlons being contemplated by the Colorado Rough