I genuinely believe that mountain biking is one of the best ways to connect with nature and escape the city. It's becoming increasingly difficult to disconnect from technology and live in the moment - both of which become much easier if you're pedaling through forested singletrack, navigating roots and rocks, and focusing on the trail ahead. Mountain biking takes a high degree of mental and physical stamina, whether you're competing or just trying to keep up with your mountain bike fanatic friend. It allows us to recognize our weaknesses and work on our skills to become better riders. Every mountain biker will crash, but mountain biking is a great way to push your comfort zone and gain confidence. Mountain biking can be incredible but on the opposite side. It can also make us feel superhuman. Nothing beats the feeling when you finally ride a drop, obstacle or when you dig deep in your lungs to power through a grueling climb to reach the summit. These moments of perseverance and success offer up incredible motivators to increase our confidence both on and off the bike, as well as feel more energetic and more capable.