Responsible mountain biking
Although your enjoyment at the mountain is essential, so is your safety! Whether it is your first mountain biking adventure, or you’re a regular mountain biker, it’s always a great idea to keep up to date with the safety regulations of this wonderful sport. Applying the rules is a simple recipe to increase your own safety, as well as for others.
Here are some rules to adopt in order to ride safely:
Have fun but always respect your limits!
Of course jumps, steep slopes, slabs, narrow bridges, and high berms are all obstacles that could certainly give you a thrill! It can be very tempting to want to try everything to boost your adrenalin level. However, be sure to listen to yourself! It’s indispensable to always respect your limits and understand when it’s appropriate for you to venture on easy, intermediate, or difficult trails.
Can you differentiate the different symbols of difficulty level?
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
On our bike trail signs,
do you know what the line shape on the difficulty level symbol means?
LINE SHAPE MEANING
Technical trail – requires better control and more precise maneuvering
Are you a beginner? We strongly recommend that you take a mountain bike initiation lesson, which will provide you a safe first adventure!
Wear a helmet and protective gear
Although rare, you’re always at risk of a fall or a collision while mountain biking. Wearing a helmet reduces your risk of a head injury by around 60%. That’s reassuring, isn’t it? As for, wearing protective gear, you’ll certainly limit your risk of abrasions. Above all, don’t worry, because safety is indeed fashionable! In fact, you can rent a helmet and protective gear at our bike rental center, or even purchase them at the Boutique Expérience SUTTON!
Along the way, you’ll come across many trail signs. Whether they’re danger, prohibition or obligation signs, these signs are there for one purpose and one purpose only: to protect you!
How well do you know your trail signs?
Give priority to cyclists ahead of you
Not going fast enough in front of you? In fact, this is as much a possibility with an electric mountain bike as with a regular mountain bike! Nevertheless, courtesy always comes before performance! Want to pass someone? Wait until the cyclist is in an obstacle-free area and signal your presence. Once the passageway is yielded, you can overtake. Isn’t it simple after all?
On two-way trails, do you know whose responsibility it is to give way?
Downhill cyclists must give way to uphill cyclists!
Help the rescuers
Although serious accidents are rare at the mountain, it’s necessary to always be aware of your surroundings. If you are involved in, or witness, an accident, alert the rescue team or anyone else present and stay on the scene until the situation is under control. You’d certainly like to be treated the same way!
It’s also important to:
- Check your bike or have it checked before riding. In fact, our bike repair shop offers tune-ups that could save you a lot of trouble on the trails!
- Do not ride if you are very tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Remain cautious, as trail and module conditions can vary from one outing to the next.
- Clear the trail. If you must stop, do so in a safe and visible place off the trail.
- Be vigilant when using chairlifts. Ask the chairlift attendant if you’re unfamiliar with its operation, and follow the rules posted along the way.
Finally, another golden rule is to always pay your trail access fees. Why? Because this way you ensure the network’s maintenance, development, and longevity.
With the growing popularity of our mountain biking trails, a new regulation is now in effect concerning dogs. Dogs are NOT permitted on the trails but are allowed on a leash in Mont SUTTON’s common areas. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring everyone’s safety!
To learn more about the regulations governing mountain biking on the Plein air Sutton / MTB and Mont SUTTON trails, visit the MTB Rules page.
Have a great season and stay safe!