If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume that you love mountain biking. Nothing beats that feeling of gravity pulling you down a hill on two wheels. The wind in your hair. The grin on your face.
Local trails are great, but sometimes travelling to someplace new can add a whole new level of excitement. Be that within driving distance or possibly across borders. Imagine yourself on the slopes of the Pyrenees, the Alps, Madeira, or that once in a lifetime trip you have been dreaming of.
However, before you can enjoy that incredible experience, you need to prepare for it. This article will cover four tips that should help make your next mountain biking adventure the best experience it can be.
Start researching the best trails
The first step in preparing for your next mountain biking adventure is researching the best trails. This may not matter if you have booked with a guide or less so if you intend to visit a bike park. If you’re going it alone, however, there are countless excellent trails out there. You’ll want to find the ones that are right for you or your group. Do some research online and see which tracks appeal to you, which suit your riding style and skill level. Once you’ve found a few good options, be sure to check them out on Google Maps or other mapping services to get an idea of the terrain.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s time to start planning your route. Be sure to take into account how long the trail is, as well as how difficult it is. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew! Also, make sure you know where the nearest gas stations and bathrooms are in case you need them.
Consider accommodation options
Another essential factor to consider when planning your mountain biking adventure is accommodation. If you’re travelling from out of town, you’ll need to find a place to stay. There are many different accommodation options out there, so you should find something that fits your needs.
If you’re looking for a cheap and easy option, camping might be the way to go. There are plenty of campsites near popular mountain biking trails, and most of them have facilities like bathrooms and showers. If you’re not into roughing it, there are also plenty of motels and bed-and-breakfasts in the area. Whatever accommodation option you choose, be sure to book well in advance, especially if you’re travelling during peak season.
Don’t forget about food and water
Another essential thing to remember when preparing for your next mountain biking adventure is food and water. You’ll need plenty of both to keep you energized throughout the day. So be sure to pack snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or fruit, as well as a complete meal solution, such as Recov protein concentrate, for lunch. And don’t forget about the water! You’ll need at least one litre per person, per day.
If you’re travelling from out of town, it’s a good idea to bring along a small cooler with your food and drinks. That way, you can save money by cooking your meals instead of eating out every night. Plus, it’s always nice to have a home-cooked meal after a long day of biking!
Pack the right gear
The last thing you want to worry about when mountain biking is whether or not you have the right gear. That’s why it’s essential to pack everything you might need before hitting the trail. Essential items such as your bike helmet, sunscreen, bug spray, and a first-aid kit. If you are travelling by car you’ll want to bring along plenty of water and snacks as well as a total change of clothes in case you get wet or muddy. And don’t forget your bike tools. If something goes wrong with your bike on the trail, you’ll be glad you have them.
By planning ahead you’re sure to have a fantastic mountain biking adventure. So what are you waiting for? Get planning!
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