Mountain biking is certainly one of the more intimidating alpine sports for the uninitiated to consider adopting. However, once the snow melts, mountain biking is a fantastic way to remain fit, enjoy the mountains, and even improve your split-second decision making with line choice, which can translate to better skiing and snowboarding. Grab a bike and begin your next love affair with these helpful tips for beginners. The dirt in Utah is fine and with countless trails to explore, you won't be so upset when the snow melts each spring. Scroll to the bottom to find a few trail recommendations for novice riders in Utah.
Know that trail rating systems for one network of trails can wildly differ from another trail network. The variation between trail ratings often catches new riders off guard. To avoid bad times, always start on the easiest rated trail to get the feel for a new zone. You can always level up to a more difficult trail once you can confidently navigate the easier terrain.
The fear of falling while mountain biking is a common emotion. You're not alone. Stay loose, stay relaxed, and avoid tensing up your muscles. Injury is far more likely to occur if you are tensed up and flexing your muscles. If something looks scary, walk it out, there's no pressure! Take a look at the feature, size it up and feel no guilt if you need to skip it. By taking a good look, you'll be more prepared to conquer that feature on your next ride.
Many of the technical skills that a mountain biker must acquire are not all that intuitive. A series of lessons or a clinic can massively fast track the confidence of newer riders. You'll find lessons and clinics offered at Deer Valley, Brian Head, and Sundance.