FOR NEW AND FIRST TIME BIKE RESORT RIDERS
How to start
If you’ve never mountain biked before, biking can look pretty intimidating. But it’s not all about big air and high speed like you see in a lot of videos. As long as you’re comfortable riding a bike, you too can give mountain biking a try. But it’s important to get started right so we recommend to take MTB lessons if you can before.
Know before to go
Calabria Bike Resort is a riding area very large. You can use a nav or trailforks app to go around, but we strongly recommend to ride with an expert guide. Some zones are very wild, far and not simple to reach. Ask to us for guides and check everyday the status of the trails in the resort.
What to wear
Don’t let weather, obstacles, or crashes put an early end to your day. Protect your body from a range of elements and injuries with these recommended protective gear designed exclusively mountain biking.
- Helmet (Mandatory) – A helmet is required for all riders in the bike resort. We strongly recommend a full-face helmet to provide the greatest range of protection.
- Goggles – Wrap-around goggles are the best choice for eye protection against dirt, branches, and other obstacles you’ll encounter on the trails or in a crash.
- Elbow and Knee Pads – Provide protection from cuts, scrapes, and any impact to these parts of your body that are most common to be injured in a crash.
- Closed-Toe Shoes – Shoes with a durable toe box and high ankle support are important to manage the rough terrain and impact.
- Long Sleeved Shirt and Shorts – Cover up with the proper clothing to limit the amount of bare skin showing.
- Full Finger Gloves – Use these to keep your hands on your bars with secure grip on your brakes. Your hands are typically are first to support you in a crash so you want them covered up.
- Body Armour – Optional for anyone who wants extra protection for your back and chest
What Bike to ride
- Downhill – Downhill-specific bikes are intended for riders who need high speed descent. Will typically have 178–254 mm of suspensions travel, and have hydraulic disc brakes. We don’t recommend this type of bike but you can use for particular trail in the bike resort.
- All-Mountain/Enduro (recommended) – All-mountain bikes combine full suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design allowing riders to descent yet ascend when needed. This is the bike riders should have to really enjoy in the resort. An all-mountain, full-suspension bike, which is the best choice, from beginner to expert riders.
- Cross-Country – Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedaling long distances. A hard-tail bike (no rear suspension) that’s ideal for the cross-country routes in the resort.
- Fat Bike – It’s an off-road bicycle with oversized tires, designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. You can ride in the resort and at the end you continue on the beach, for the maximum experience; sometimes you can find also snow on the higher trails.
- Know your ability and always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects. It is your responsibility to stay in control on the ground and in the air.
- Observe and obey all signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails or runs. Be sure to ride an open trail for the day; check the trail list status everyday
- Do not stop where you are not clearly visible from above.
- Always ensure your equipment is in good condition
- Do not riding, if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- If you are involved in, or witness an accident or collision, alert Patrol, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Patrol.
- Respect nature: if you like wild, leave wild. And if it’s possible restore it
- Respect people not riding: woodmen, farmers, hunters and anyone else. Resort it’s not your own.
Whether it’s your first time or it’s your first lap, it’s important to ride smart. Slow down before you speed up because crashes can happen often on your first lap. Ride a trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment first so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold.
FOLLOW THESE 3 STEPS WHEN STARTING TO RIDE
- Warm up the brain and body and inspect the trail at low speed.
- Lap a trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features.
- Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features