Minimization of Environmental Impacts at Sports Events in the Countryside: Mountain Bike Competitions

Estela I. Farías Torbidoni

*Corresponding author: Estela Inés Farías Torbidoni efarias@inefc.es

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Farías Torbidoni, E. I. (2015). Minimization of Environmental Impacts at Sports Events in the Countryside: Mountain Bike Competitions. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 122, 68-80. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2015/4).122.08

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Abstract

Doing any kind of sport or physical exercise in the countryside can have different levels of impact on the environment. The rapid growth of sports events in the countryside such as mountain bike routes or competitions highlights the need to think about and implement measures that help to prevent or at least minimize their negative environmental impacts or effects. Based on a review of the literature and systematization of the information it contains, this paper demonstrates the existence of two key environmental impact areas that we need to address: loss of vegetation cover and soil erosion. It sets out some practical prevention recommendations such as not creating new sections when designing circuits, or if this has to be done then how their impact can be minimized.

Keywords: Minimizing Environmental Impacts, Mountain Bike Competitions, Sport or Physical Exercise in the Countryside, Sports Events.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: April 22, 2014

Accepted: October 23, 2014

Published: October 1, 2015