TREAD mountain biking magazine, in association with Gert Nel Incorporated Attorneys recently did a comprehensive survey among mountain bikers in South Africa to specifically collect information surrounding crashes when mountain biking.
1680 riders took part in the survey, and while it’s difficult to say exactly how many mountain bikers there are in South Africa – estimates range from 500,000 to 800,000 – the results were pretty fascinating. Especially interesting was the demographics of mountain bikers in South Africa.
A forty-something Gautenger who crashes quite often
As far as age goes, the survey’s results paint an interesting picture. 35.83% of participants were in their forties, while people in their thirties are a close second at 28.99%.
Most participants live in Gauteng (47.53%), but the Western Cape (29.68%) also seems to have a keen mountain biking population – with scenery that consistently takes your breath away, this is not surprising.
Whether or not it’s a result of not keeping your eye on the trail because you are distracted by beautiful panoramas, the survey makes it clear that mountain bikers in South Africa crash rather often. When asked when last they had had an accident while riding, a significant percentage (15.47%) stated that they had crashed in the last month. The majority of participants surveyed were luckier, though, with most participants (20.76%) stating that their last crash was more than a year ago. Still, that it is inevitable to crash when mountain biking was abundantly clear from the results: only 0.42% of people who were surveyed had never crashed.
To be fair, most participants did acknowledge that they were probably to blame for crashing, as “Rider error (myself)” was cited as the top reason for crashing, at 85.81%. “Another rider” came in second, with 7.66% of the responses.
Most participants were perhaps a little worse for wear after crashing, with 45.45% of participants surveyed choosing “I went down hard” to explain how serious their most recent crash was. Luckily, many participants (40.87%) also chose “Not too serious”, but it is worth mentioning that 12.73% of participants stated that their last crash had been very serious.
How do you compare to the results of this study? To see the full results, visit TREAD’s website.