Summary Table: Mountain Bike Rider Preferences for Recreation Settings and Experiences
Setting/Experience Novice/Beginner/Casual More Experienced Off-Road Attributes Riders Riders Expert Off-Road Riders Preferred features of General preference for mountain bike riding. appreciating views/scenery/nature; (as rated by riders) exploring new areas; and riding/socialising with friends. The attribute of Attributes of Increased preference amongst exercise/fitness is speed/excitement/risk; expert riders for particularly important for physical challenge; speed/excitement/risk; these riders. skill/technical challenge; and skill/technical challenge, and developing and improving racing/training (latter skills become more important reflects race-entry sample for these riders. selection). Statements of most preferred riding General preference for features. undulating routes; forest (from open-ended settings; smooth/fast/open question) tracks; good scenery/viewpoints; and rides of 2-3 hours. Prefer gradual/easy Preference for technical Increased preference for uphills; tracks being difficulty/challenge; technical smooth/easy/open; tracks down-hills being difficulty/challenge; being not difficult/few fast/smooth/open and downhills being obstructions; and rides fast/technical/tight; harder fast/technical/tight; and 1-2 hours duration. uphills; and tight/narrow/winding tight/narrow/winding single-track. single-track. Greatest preference for Landscape Preferences native forest/bush settings (least for farmland). Beginners had least preference for forestry (pine) areas. Track-Type Greater preference for Emphasis shifts to Distinguished by much stronger Preferences sealed roads, and more less-developed routes, and preference for tolerant of gravel roads. single-track in particular. single-track. Much lower preferences for single-track. Track Condition and Greater preference for Preference for rougher Similar preferences for Difficulty tracks which are tracks/more obstacles; and rougher tracks, but less Preferences smooth/benched/open/clear. rough/uneven/tight/narrow interest in wet conditions and Much lower preference for tracks. More tolerance for mud. Even more tolerance for obstructions/difficulties pushing/carrying bikes. pushing/carrying bikes. on tracks, or for pushing/carrying bikes. Strong preference for Preference for Increased preference for Downhill Attribute slow/gentle/easy fast/rough/technical downhills which are Preferences downhills. Least preference downhills. Increased fast/rough/tight and for speed/excitement/risk. preference for slow/steep/more technical, and speed/excitement/risk. for speed/excitement/risk. Uphill Attribute Strong preference for Increased preference for Increased preference for more Preferences gradual/easy/relaxed uphills with short/hard/steep difficult uphills with up-hills. sections. Little specific short/hard/steep sections, and preference for easy uphills. climbs which are long/hard/steep. Riders strongly preferred Social Encounter to avoid motorised Attribute Preferences vehicles, and walkers (to a lesser extent). Most are tolerant of meeting other riders.
Figure 1. Model for decision making on mountain bike use of tracks.
|NZ MTB WEB | POLITICS | EMAIL | COPYRIGHT | SEARCH|