Mountain Biking, like any extreme sport, is dangerous and includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. There is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
Trails are graded according to ability. Ensure that you are competent to ride each trail. If in doubt start on the easier trails and work your way up.
Always perform a recce ride of any trails you intend to ride; trails change with weather conditions and from continual trail amendments and improvements, do not assume they will always be exactly the same each time you visit.
Follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code
You must ALWAYS wear a helmet. We also strongly advise Kneepads, eye protection, gloves and body armour. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HELMET YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN THE PARK.
Read and adhere to any advice signs while using the trails.
It is your responsibility to ensure your equipment is fit for purpose.
Mountain Bike Equipment Checklist
Tirpentwys Trails are challenging and demanding on both bike and body. We recommend the use of appropriately sized, modern, long-travel, full suspension bikes with good quality hydraulic disk brakes in the park. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic in the following areas:
- Inspect bike frame for cracks, damaged or dented areas.
- Ensure you have sufficient brake pads to stop your bike while descending; two working brakes are mandatory.
- Front and rear axles (quick release or bolt through type) should be tight.
- Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
- Check that your tyres are in good condition, with plenty of tread and no cuts or abrasions in the sidewall and that rims show no cracks or signs of weakness and all spokes are tight and intact.
- Handlebar and handlebar grips must be tight and unable to spin.
- Seat and seatpost need to be fastened securely.
- Suspension should be in good working order with no leaks or loose parts.
ACCEPTANCE OF RISK
YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE PART IN A HIGH RISK ACTIVITY. YOU WILL MINIMISE THIS RISK BY FOLLOWING THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE IN THE MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE AND THE MOUNTAIN BIKE AND EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST. IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE YOU INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT WHICH COULD BE FATAL.
- I understand that Mountain Biking is dangerous and includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. I accept that there is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
- I understand that I must wear full face helmet at all times, and that kneepads, eye protection, body armour and gloves are highly recommended.
- I agree that I will follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code at all times.
- I agree to check my bike and equipment as per the above Mountain Bike and Equipment Checklist at the start of the day, before each run and after any crash.
- In the event of an accident, or loss or damage to my personal effects, I acknowledge that any associated parties will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury arising from or in connection with the Activities.
- I certify that to the best of my knowledge I do not have a medical condition which might make it more likely that I be involved in an incident which could result in injury to myself or to others.
- Please follow the code to ensure fun and safety for all riders at the park.
- Ride within your ability! -Trails are graded according to ability, ensure that you are competent to ride each trail. If in doubt start on the easier trails and work your way up.
- Take your time! – Don’t assume you know the trails, even if you have been to the park before. With constant use by riders, maintenance and improvements, features can change over time.
- Riders must not push or ride up the trails.
- Do not stop on the trails. If you find it necessary to stop, pull off the trail in a safe place.
- When entering a trail or starting downhill, look up and give way to riders coming down the trail.
- Stay on marked trails – do not cut switchbacks or modify trails.
- Keep off closed trails and abide by all safety signs, information and directions.
- You must ALWAYS wear a full face helmet.
- We also strongly advise you wear gloves, body armour, eye protection and a neck brace.
- If a rider is hurt, do not attempt to move them – call the emergency services immediately.
- Public footpaths and bridleways are present within the bike park. Riders must not cycle along these routes and should at all times remain on the mountain bike trails.
- Bike tracks cross public footpaths within the woods, these crossings are marked and extreme care should be taken at these points.
- Riders should give way to any walkers or other users who are on the footpaths.
- No responsibility is accepted for any injury sustained or caused while crossing footpaths.
- It is your responsibility to ensure you and your equipment is fit for purpose.
- Mountain Biking, like any extreme sport, is dangerous, includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing.
- There is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.