Gethin Woods, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales

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Mountain Bike and Equipment Checklist

The trails at BikePark Wales are rough, 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.

  • Helmets are mandatory, ensure that your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted; we highly recommend the use of full face protection helmets. Gloves, eye protection and body armour are also highly recommended.
  • 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.

Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code

Follow the code to ensure that all riders have a fun and safe experience at BikePark Wales.

We reserve the right to remove day passes or ban riders from the park for breaches of the Mountain bikers responsibility code.

  • Always carry a mobile phone with an ICE (in case of emergency) number installed and make sure it is charged before you leave the house. If in need of assistance contact the visitor centre on: 07730 382501 or 999 in an emergency. If you have called an ambulance please inform the centre so we can assist in guiding them to you.
  • Avoid riding alone, it’s safer and more fun to ride with your buddies.
  • Stay in control at all times. It is your responsibility to avoid crashing into other riders and objects around you!
  • Be respectful and aware of other riders varying skill levels, relax and have fun.
  • Do not stop on the trail. Pull off the trail in a safe place if you need to stop for any reason.
  • When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and give way to other riders coming down the trail.
  • Respect the trail gradings, read the grading descriptions and the trail difficulty index. Begin on the easier trails and do not ride trails that are beyond your current level of ability.
  • Even if you have ridden a trail before, be careful! We make ongoing changes and improvements to the trails and features, so they may have changed since your last visit.
  • Trail conditions change with the seasons and the weather; mountain biking is an all-weather sport but respect the added challenge and risk that rain, ice, mud, dust and wind can pose to you. If it is windy, do not attempt jumps; keep both wheels on the ground and stay on the easier trails.
  • If a rider is hurt, do not move them, notify the BikePark staff immediately.
  • Keep off closed trails and forest areas and obey all signs and warnings.
  • Stay on marked trails only. Do not cut switchbacks, or modify trails.
  • Only ride the trails during opening hours. There is no access to the trails when the park is closed.
  • Do not push or ride up downhill trails.
  • Respect your environment; take your litter home with you!
  • Keep out of the BikePark if your ability is impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Be friendly, courteous and respectful to your fellow riders, poor conduct will not be tolerated.
  • Riders 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian (over 18) at all times.
  • All riders must display a valid pass on their handlebar at all times. This includes season pass holders who must check in at the visitor centre and collect a day pass on every visit. Expired passes must be removed from handlebars.
  • Please be aware of and courteous to walkers, horse riders and other user groups within the park boundary.
  • Please help us maintain the park. If you see a problem on the trails report it to us.
  • Know your limits!

Have fun, ride safe!

Caution

Mountain biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of injury including death. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all inherent risks.

BikePark Wales have now implemented a weather warning procedure that you can view online as well as on signage at the visitor centre, uplift pickup point and at the top of the hill. If you see an amber or red warning on site please take the following action:

Amber: Be Prepared, weather conditions on the hill challenging, stay alert.

Red: Severe weather conditions, all trails closed, return to the centre immediately via the safest possible route


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