Gear Up For Success

When gearing up for mountain biking, prioritize safety with a well-fitted helmet, gloves, and eye protection. Choose moisture-wicking clothing, padded shorts, and sturdy shoes for comfort. Carry hydration in a pack or water bottles. Consider knee and elbow pads for added safety. Bring a multi-tool, repair kit, spare tubes, and a tire lever for basic maintenance. Use a small backpack for essentials and carry a GPS or trail map. Include a compact first aid kit for emergencies. Tailor gear choices to your biking style and local conditions for a safe and enjoyable ride. Regularly inspect and maintain your gear for optimal performance.

Strength & Stretch

Find a winter routine that focuses on building strength and stretching. These exercises enhance riding performance and reduce the risk of injury. This should include exercises that target core strength, flexibility, and balance, as they can help improve body control and stability during rides, thus reducing the risk of injuries. Having good upper body strength can help prevent serious injuries and improve recovery in the event of a crash.

Carb-Rich Snacks for the Ride

Carb-rich foods are essential for mountain bike riders to maintain energy levels during a ride. Here are some common foods to pack and eat during the ride: bananas, sports bars, gels, savory muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sports drinks, jelly beans, sweet potatoes, oranges, grapefruit, and whole wheat bread. It's important to note that what you eat and drink depends on the distance you are riding and what you've eaten before you set out on your ride.

Practice Good Balance

One of the best ways to avoid a fall or collision is to have and practice good balance. Get out of your seat and put the weight on your pedals to stabilize your center of gravity. If you do lose balance or a crash is happening, lift one of your legs over the bike frame so both legs are on one side, and jump off the side of the bike, avoiding obstacles.