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Mountain biking

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia

Mountain biking

Nature's playground

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.

Exhibition highlights

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.

  • Front left view of a mountain bike with yellow-rimmed tyres. The bike has a pale blue seat and the frame is primarily painted red and dark blue, and the seat is pale blue. The bike frame has several stickers including 'Cannondale' and 'Volvo' on the main frame and 'Fatty' on the front forks.
    Cadel Evans' mountain bike, 1998
  • Two bike riders on a track in the bush.
    Single track, 2012
  • Sam Hill racing at Mount Stromlo Mountain Bike Park, Canberra.
    Sam Hill, 2009