Living in the moment: mountain bikers’ search for flow

Steve Taylor, Anna Carr

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As a popular adventure sport worldwide, mountain biking provides a range of challenges and opportunities for participants. This paper aims to understand whether experienced riders actively search for ‘flow experiences’ that can manifest themselves in a range of euphoric feelings, varying from the loss of awareness of time to sub-conscious control over actions. Exploring findings from research undertaken in New Zealand and England, the paper suggests that committed riders do encounter and can describe a range of flow characteristics when riding, although the findings conclude that such experiences are considered to be by-products of participation, rather than motivational factors in their own right.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2021


  • flow
  • mountain biking
  • mastery
  • adventure


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