Rules to Ride By

Mountain Biking is an activity that is fairly easy and can be extremely rewarding but, like any adventure, it requires planning and preparation. Below are some simple tips and ideas to help make your experience even more enjoyable.

Gear up - Always wear a helmet and any other appropriate safety equipment for the riding conditions.

Ride at your own comfort level - There is no shame in walking sections of the trail that you don't feel confident enough to ride. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

Use appropriate equipment for the terrain - Some bikes are better for different situations. Just because you can see tire tracks on the trail doesn't mean you can ride it with your particular bike.

Keep your speed in check - Always keep your speed at a level that will allow you to adjust to any unforeseen obstacles or changes in trail conditions.

Know the trail - Never push the limits on a trail you are not familiar with. You should learn the trail you are riding at a slower speed before you ride it like familiar trails.

Slow down for blind corners - You never know what or who is around a corner; be cautious.

Stop and look - Stop and examine sections of the trail that look like they may pose a challenge before you ride them.

Backcountry trails are most vulnerable to damage when they are wet - Erosion of wet trails due to mountain biking causes the most damage to trails. Commit to turning back if you encounter excessively muddy or snowy conditions.

Plan ahead - Always leave information with a friend before going out. Arrange to call that person by a certain time after the ride. That way, if there is problem on the trail, someone knows where you are.

Be courteous - Many trails in Breckenridge are multi-use trails and shared by hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Bikers must yield to hikers and horseback riders. Announce yourself when approaching. A little friendliness can go a long way!

For more information on what to do during the summer, contact the Breck Information Specialists at (877) 864-0868. While in town, stop bythe Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street. You can also fill out our activity request form to receive more information or view, download or order the Breck Connection Vacation Planner.

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