With the UCI cycling championships just around the corner, all eyes will be on the UK’s world-class biking trails. But those trails, and the viability of sports and events that rely on them, are more at risk than ever before.
Former Downhill World Champion Manon Carpenter has “become increasingly aware of the impact extreme weather is having on the environments we depend on for mountain biking. Drought, high temperatures and forest fires are affecting trails or riders directly. These are events happening now, let alone into the future where we can expect increasing severity and unpredictability of these events.”
Long distance cyclist and broadcaster Mark Beaumont has “seen first-hand over the last 20 years the effects of our changing climate, from desertification, rising sea levels, human migration and more. Witnessing such global issues first hand informs what I spend my time doing now, to ensure our planet remains a green and pleasant land to explore by bicycle for generations to come.”
Professional Enduro Rider Anita Gehrig said “Last summer there was a massive rockslide in our area. A friend of ours was almost hit by a massive boulder. We know things like that can happen in the Alps, of course, but you don’t expect it right in your area and with your friend involved. It occurs more often, I would say, with the permafrost going away. It was quite shocking.”
We need to act. To learn more about climate impacts and other actions, visit the Protect Our Winters site here.