COVID-19 Update: February 28, 2022
Please see the Government of Alberta Website for the most recent mandates.
On March 1st 2022 Alberta moved to stage 2 of it's reopening plan.
Under step 2 we have the ability to operate close to normal. It does not even require masking in the close quarters of the vans as they are not "municipal" or "interprovincial".
The shuttle vans are certainly very close quarters, so if any one wishes to continue to wear PPE will be respected and encouraged to do so.
It is entirely possible that there will be further changes to government mandates. We will update our procedures as government directives are changed.
Laura's Musings on Mountain Bike Safety
Jeff and I have had our fair share of crashes and want to share some hard learned lessons:
Incremental gains: Work on skills in a safe environment first (jumps that aren’t gaps, drops small enough that you could roll them, short steeps with run outs and wide corners without rocks or roots in them) then gradually build up complexity.
Repetition: Do the skill over and over until it’s second nature - you can stop in a steep pitch safely, or do a jump at almost any speed because your timing is perfect.
Get coached: Take a lesson with a local coach
No peer pressure: If you look at something and have no idea how to safely ride it, don’t ride it. Even if a friend says “follow me”!
Seriously, no peer pressure!:If you see your friends riding a feature on social media, it does not mean you have to ride it. Look at it, consider if you have been progressing the skills on smaller terrain and then decide for yourself if you’re up for it
Rule of three: if you roll up to something 3 times and still don’t do it - stop. Save it for another day
Point of commitment: If you feel hesitant at the lip of a jump, or the top of a slab, it can lead to panic braking or bad body position. Know the point of commitment and commit to riding, or stop and go back far enough to try it again
Illusion of social media: It’s easy to stop and take a photo of a feature (jump or drop) since you usually stop to assess something before riding it. It’s harder to stop and take a video of a fast corner or a fun section of trail as you flow through it - but these are also awesome and you should be proud of riding them, no need for everyone to be hitting features!
Being an “Advanced” rider doesn’t mean you have to be good at everything: Each aspect of mountain biking requires a “skill toolset”. I.e. if you’re good at jumps you may not be good at steeps, or if you know how to ride skinnies, it’s different then cornering. It’s all related skills but takes specific practice.
Slow is fast: Slow down, exaggerate the skills. Once they are ingrained, you’ll end up riding faster and hitting bigger features while feeling safer and controlled!
These lessons have been learned over time and MANY crashes, we want to help you guys learn faster than us! Stay safe and have fun on your bikes!
As always we look forward to riding with you.