Curious about downhill cycling? 9 tips to get started
The interest in downhill cycling is growing with each passing year and more and more people are discovering the allure of lift-carried cycling. With us, you can enjoy family-friendly flow trails that you can easily reach with a chair lift or roller conveyor for the youngest. A flowled winds its way down the mountain and is built to suit both families and beginners and is not as steep as a downhill.
Biking downhill is fun and not at all as difficult as many might imagine. Below are nine well-chosen tips to help you get started with cycling and make your day on the mountain even better!
1. The right equipment
When cycling downhill, a bike with shock absorption both front and rear is recommended, which makes cycling easier and safer. In addition to the bicycle, you must use a helmet when cycling downhill, and then a full-face helmet is recommended. Back protection, gloves and knee and elbow protection are also good to have. Both bikes in different sizes and covers are available for rent on site.
2. Don't forget the warm-up
Start the day by warming up your body and getting to know your bike, it minimizes the risk of injury. For example, you can pedal a few laps in a technical area or a pump track to kick start both body and bike before heading up the mountain.
3. Don't worry about the lift
The best thing about lift-carried cycling is that it is convenient to get up the mountain. To bring the bike up with you, you need to hang it on a bracket located at the back of the lift. It is not difficult to get the bike fixed, but it can be unusual at first. But don't worry – our staff will help you both on and off the bike in the lift.
4. Cycle easy at first
Start easily with blue and green trails and then gradually increase the level of difficulty if you feel you want to challenge yourself. Regardless of the type of trail you ride, it's always a good idea to start slowly to get to know the trail before gradually increasing your speed.
5. Horizontal pedals
The pedals should be in a horizontal line when riding downhill so that they don't catch any rocks and roots that you ride over. Try to make it a routine to always place the pedals horizontally when you are not pedaling.
6. Stand up
By standing up on the bike, you become more flexible and gain more control over cycling. When you stand up, it's easier to parry bumps by bending your arms and legs and you get much better balance compared to if you're sitting down.
7. Plan the cycling
Stay one step ahead by looking up and planning your cycling. If you adjust your speed in good time, you can avoid braking in the middle of curves and obstacles, which means that you will not get the same flow and risk slipping and falling.
8. Enlist the help of an instructor
We have knowledgeable instructors who are more than happy to help you get started with downhill cycling. Getting help at the beginning makes cycling both easier and more fun for a long time to come.
9. Have fun!
The most important thing when riding a bike is to have fun. Don't make too high demands on yourself and make sure to enjoy coffee, good food and good company. Then your cycling experience is guaranteed to be unforgettable!