Cross-country (XC) is a discipline of mountain biking. This branch of mountain biking became an Olympic sport in 1996 and it is the only form of mountain biking practiced at the Olympics.
Cross-country is defined by the terrain on which it is performed: XC courses and trails consist of a blend or mixture of rough forest paths and single-track (also referred to as double-track depending on the width of the racing track), smooth fire-roads, and even paved paths linking or connecting other trails.
Since the inception of cross country, the sport has evolved into 3 sub disciplines based on the guidelines or racing styles, these are:
Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE)
Just as the name implies, XCE involves a race where the last rider or the last two riders who go through the finish line are out of the race.
Cross-Country Olympic (XCO)
Consists of a lap, racing around a short circuit. It's the only sub category of cross country which is in the Olympics, and it requires high mountain biking skills.
Cross-Country Marathon (XCM)
XCM consists of a route ranging usually between 65 to 100 km. It has gained popularity in recent years, because participation is open to everyone, including beginners.
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