Getting out of town to explore the bush has always been part of cycling in Australia. Early riders tackled many different surfaces and as the numbers of cars increased from the 1950s, cyclists became more determined to go 'off-road'. Mountain bikes reached Australia in the early 1980s and quickly became popular with a new generation of cyclists. Today, mountain bikes account for most new bicycle sales.
Freewheeling includes a mountain bike ridden to victory by Cadel Evans, who was a dominant force in cross-country mountain biking before he began professional road racing.