Ok, so it’s not officially open yet, but it is in good enough shape for you to ride.
A few things to think about when you’re visiting the skills park:
- Helmets are mandatory when riding the skills park. Yes, this means you.
- Unless you’re on your bike and ready to ride, please stay off the start mound. It’s getting clogged up there.
- Parents, try to encourage your kids to keep moving around the track instead of standing on the rollers. If they’re new to riding, maybe let them loose on the beginner oval first to develop some confidence and familiarity with how the track works.
- Signs are coming!
- Feel free to pick up your trash – there is a garbage can right in front of the washrooms by the parking lot.
To answer some of your frequently asked questions:
How does it work?
- The Skills Loop is singletrack trail with challenge options here and there, especially the rock gardens. The outer loop is easier than the inner sections. This is an ideal spot for riders who are brand new to mountain biking and need to get used to riding on dirt. You will need to pedal in order to get around the loop.
- Pump tracks are different. The idea is to get all the way around without pedalling. To do this, you need to push down on the backs [far side] of the rollers to drive yourself forward. Push down on the bars, and then push down on the pedals as the back wheel gets to the back of each roller. Time it right, and you’ll feel yourself moving faster.
Which direction do I ride?
- The Skills Loop rides best in a counter-clockwise direction. It can be done clockwise, but it doesn’t flow as well.
- The pump tracks can be done in either direction, the beginner track in particular. HOWEVER, if there’s already somebody on the track, it’s best to go the same way they did. This will help avoid collisions.
I keep sliding down the berms [banked turns]. What am I doing wrong?
- You need to lean the bike toward the inside of the turn. The faster you go, the more you need to lean the bike. If you’re really good, you can treat the berm like it was a roller and pump it!