From fast flowy trail to racing, this is as old as mountain biking itself. Short track, XC racing, marathon races, and 24 hour races all fit under this massive umbrella. The legends of this discipline are hallowed immortals like Ned Overend and Allison Dunlap, and upcoming superstars like Rebecca Rusch and Jaroslav Kulhavy. We flock to events where we get to rub shoulders with the best in the sport. We test our mettle against our foes: terrain and distance, nature- ours and Mother’s. We compete to celebrate our PR’s, our team-mates victories, or just cracking off one more lap than we thought we could. Cross-country racing is communal and competitive, nurturing and nasty; it shows us the best in us by asking to persevere through some of our worst.