Mountain Bike Safety

SUMMER AT GIANTS RIDGE

MOUNTAIN BIKE SAFETY

Giants Ridge offers a variety of mountain bike trails for all abilities. From cross country trails (coming soon) winding through the woods to high speed downhill trails with increasing progression. Each trail has unique challenges designed to test your skills and get your adrenaline going. Taking time to understand your skill and ability level will better assist you as you set out for a challenging, fun and safe time on the mountain.

FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE

To gauge  your skill level and to safely navigate the Giants Ridge Bike Park, make sure to follow this guide:

Follow this routine for every trail, every time out:
Pre-ride – Wake up your body and inspect the trail and its features at low speed.
Re-Ride – Lap the trail a few times to get comfortable with the trail.
Free Ride – Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features. 

New Rider Trail Progression:
1). Kitty Cat – Start out on Kitty Cat, it has mellow trail features, and meanders its way down the mountain.  Braking skills are required, and there are some sharp curves that riders must navigate. 

2). Tadpole – Tadpole starts out nice and mellow at the top with nice introductions to jumps and berms.

3). Leapfrog – Once you successfully pre-ride, re-ride, & free fride on Kitty Cat & Tadpole, test your skills on the intermediate level Leapfrog.

TRAIL FEATURES & DESCRIPTIONS

Features you’ll find on our trails: Jumps, berms, rollers, rock gardens. 

Know the difference between a freeride & technical trail. 

Freeride Trail – Freeride trails are machine-cut containing man-made features. Routes are enhanced with dirt jumps, ride-on features, gaps, narrow surfaces, wallrides, berms and other natural or constructed features. All Freeride trails are identified with an orange oval.

Technical Trail – Technical trails are designed to embrace the rugged shape and terrain of the mountain, utilizing a majority of natural terrain. Routes are typically hand-built and feature organic obstacles and stunts such as rocks, roots, logs, drops, jumps and other natural or constructed features that require technical riding skills. Technical trails are identified by their difficulty symbol. Jumping skills may be required.

WHAT TO WEAR

Mandatory Equipment: 

  • Helmet
  • Closed toe shoes

Recommended Equipment:

  • Full faced helmet 
  • Gloves (full fingered) 
  • knee pads 
  • elbow pads
  • long sleeved shirt to protect against skin abrasions
  • Goggles when trails are dusty
  • Body armor and neck braces 

WHAT TO RIDE

Types of bikes that are recommended on the mountain: 

  • Full Suspension Downhill 
  • All Mountain/Enduro Bikes 
  • Cross Country Bikes (only for green & blue trails)

What is not recommended on mountain:

  • Ebike/Pedal Assist Bikes (Prohibited)
  • Road/Hybrid Bikes
  • Out of date mountain bikes 
  • Rim Brakes
  • Child carriers are prohibited when accessing lift-served bike park trails

RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Mountain biking involves the risk of injury. Common sense and caution can reduce the risk. For your safety and the safety of others, please adhere to the code.

1. Ride in control and within your ability level. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
2. Stay off the lifts and trails if your ability is impaired by drugs, alcohol, or fatigue.
3. All riders must wear a helmet. A full face helmet, gloves, and body armor are strongly recommended.
4. Inspect your bike or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before you ride.
5. Be sure to have the physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. Ask the lift attendant for assistance if you need it.
6. Be aware of changing conditions on trails and features. Inspect features before use and throughout the day.
7. Stay on marked trails. Obey all signs and warnings. Do not cut switchbacks. Keep off closed areas.
8. Avoid riders ahead of you. They have the right of way.
9. Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
10. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
11. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must identify yourself to the Bike Patrol.
Do not feed, provoke, or approach wildlife.