Like many other mountain bikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, I was originally attracted to the sport due to its predominatingly natural setting. I tried other team sports that took place on a field, or running track which took place around that field, but it clicked with me as soon as I began mountain biking.
There are not many sports that can give you the opportunity to test yourself while simultaneously taking in the beauty and solitude of nature. Without the natural setting and the ability to test yourself against mother nature which comes with it, mountain biking would not be the same sport, and I would probably find myself devoting my time to something else. But I haven't found this devotion to the natural world just because it plays a big part in my chosen sport, rather this devotion comes from the many hours I have spent spent in the outdoors thanks to mountain biking.
These many many hours have allowed me to see the importance of this planet and our natural spaces. This is why I have made sustainability such an important part of my life over the last few years. When I began to fully realize the immense damage that factory farming was doing to our planet, I realized that I could not continue supporting that industry while also claiming that I loved the Earth.
Since then I have been a vegetarian, and if I was not a college student relying on a cafeteria for all my meals, there would is a good chance I would be vegan. This was why crickets first appealed to me as a viable protein substitute, because they are so much more sustainable in the long run when compared to beef, chicken, pork, fish, etc.
Thanks to my chosen sport, I have gained an appreciation for the planet as well as an appreciation for companies which choose to buck the current trend, and focus instead on creating sustainable products, which will hopefully reverse some of the damages being done to the natural world.