ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If hurtling down a mountain on two wheels over rocks, tree trunks and other assorted obstacles sounds like fun, then “Mountainbike Mania” is your kind of show.
It’s the brainchild of an Albuquerque family, brother and sister Ross and Samantha McDonald and their father, Kevin McDonald, who combined their professional expertise with their love for a popular sport to bring mountain biking to the TV screen.
This fall the show was picked up by beIN Sports, a national cable network, and American Sports Network, the sports division of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Samantha McDonald estimates these network outlets enable about 50 million people to access the show nationwide.
Each episode features 30 minutes of pulse-raising action as professional downhill mountain bike racers compete in USA Cycling Pro-GRT (Gravity Race Tour) events all over the country.