I'm sitting here with the History Channel on in the background. I hear something about mountain biking. I look and it's just about Rocky Mountain Bikes and free riding on the north shore in Vancouver. That has no relevance to where I ride or anyone I know who rides. I think this sort of thing hurts our sport when these 5 minute extreme segments are shown on TV. I can't count how many people came in the bike shop and said "I want a bike but I don't want to ride like what they do on TV." People think all riding is like that extreme stuff they see on TV, not what our sport is really about, mainly XC for most of us. I'm not bashing any type of riding, just how our sport is portrayed on TV shows and how the public perceives us. If more people saw what XC is like and how much fun it is, our sport would explode, which would mean more racing, more trails, a more healthy America, etc. Downside is more crowded trails, which in some areas is already quite a problem. I have no answers to my own take on MTBing on TV shows that do not portray our sport as it really is for the majority of us. Time for me to shut up and just go ride, cause that's what it's all about, just riding.