Biking Hazards

There is always an element of risk involved in mountain biking, just like with every adventure activity. Riding to the appropriate grade for your skills and experience will help mitigate these risks.

Some of the common hazards we refer to while mountain biking include:

  1. Uneven Terrain: Mountain bike trails often feature uneven surfaces, including rocks, roots, and ruts, which can cause riders to lose balance and crash.
  2. Steep Descents: Descending steep hills or mountainsides can be thrilling but also dangerous, especially if the terrain is loose or slippery.
  3. Obstacles: Trails may include various obstacles such as logs, boulders, and fallen branches that require skill to navigate safely.
  4. Cliff Edges: Riding close to cliff edges poses a significant risk of falls and serious injury or even death.
  5. Wildlife: Encounters with wildlife, such as startled deer or snakes, can startle riders and cause accidents.
  6. Mechanical Failures: Equipment failure, such as a broken chain or malfunctioning brakes, can lead to accidents, especially on rugged terrain.
    The bike you are using must be suitable to the trail you are riding. If you are unsure about this, be sure to contact us.
  7. Fatigue: Long rides or challenging terrain can lead to physical and mental fatigue, affecting a rider’s ability to react quickly and make sound decisions. You should be sufficiently fit for the trail you are riding.
  8. Overexertion: Pushing beyond one’s limits can lead to exhaustion, dehydration, or heatstroke, particularly in hot weather or at high altitudes.
  9. Inexperience: Novice riders may lack the skills and confidence to handle technical terrain, increasing their risk of crashes.
  10. Lack of Protective Gear: Not wearing appropriate safety gear like helmets, gloves, and pads can increase the severity of injuries in case of a fall or collision.
  11. Medical Conditions: Remote locations and difficult access to emergency services can complicate the response to medical emergencies such as injuries, heart attacks, or allergic reactions. It is imperative we know about all medical conditions our guests have and they carry down all related medication.

We will do everything we can to mitigate these risks and inform you of the environmental risks prior to encountering them so you can prepare appropriately.

To mitigate these risks, we must know all the appropriate information to take you on or recommend appropriate trails for your skill level, fitness and equipment.

It is always worth remembering, if you are ever unsure on your bike, there is nothing wrong with walking around a section you are uncomfortable with.