WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
The Park is new and exciting for everyone involved and everyone coming to visit.
Here are some helpful tips to get you ready to have an amazing time, starting with the basics...
RIDE TO THE PARK
We have 150 carparks available on site.
On our busy days these do get full.
To make your experience awesome from the start you may wish to consider riding in or try car-pooling with your mates. It'll make the chairlift ride all the more worthwhile!
Our trail network has been designed for progression learning in the sport. They are not the typical trails that Cantabrians may be used to in the Port Hills, McLeans Island or Bottle Lake Forest.
We recommend all first time riders in the Park ride the “Green” trails as their first run. Even if you are a competent mountain biker we HIGHLY recommend a lesson to get you started at the Park. For first timers we offer a riding product called “The DH Apprentice”, an excellent introductory package - includes all the right gear, bike, protectives, and an instructor that will take you through the basics to make your experience as awesome as it should be!
Having the right type of bike is key for making the most out of your experience and ensuring you’re safe on the trails. You will have the most fun if your bike is a mountain bike that is designed for riding trails and more specifically downhill:
• Front and rear disc brakes recommended
• Brakes that are sufficient enough to stop your bike
• Good tyres - a tyre width of 2.2 as minimum to use the chair lift
• Front and rear suspension recommended
• No cracks or dents in the frame
• Handle bar and grips are tight
• Seat is secure
• Secure headset
If you’re unsure your bike is suitable to ride at the Park just come and chat to our team in the Rental / Retail shop or visit your nearest bike shop for an inspection.
We do have a pretty sweet rental fleet available for full and half day rentals if you want to have the best riding experience in the Park.
RIDING GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS
We cannot stress strongly enough our recommendation to wear a full-face helmet for all trails in the Park. An open face helmet does not offer as much impact or face protection when you need it.
Some sort of eye protection is extremely important when downhill mountain biking, you don't want your sight impaired whilst riding at speed!
Knee and elbow protection pads will keep any effects of spills to a minimum.
Riding gloves are also strongly recommended for further protection and quite frankly, your comfort!
Longer and looser clothes are better for mountain biking. Whilst singlets and short shorts may be cooling, they don't offer much protection if you have a wee skin to trail experience.
Closed toe shoes with flat soles are ideal for downhill mountain biking (i.e skate shoes) - especially on our rental bikes!
PHEW! ENOUGH WITH ALL THAT SERIOUS STUFF. GET DOWN TO THE PARK ALREADY, WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU HOW GOOD IT IS!