Downhill biking can look intimidating and intense if you have never mountain biked before. It’s not all extreme stunts and speeds, as long as you are comfortable riding a bike on trails, you can enjoy downhill mountain biking. But it's important to prepare yourself for this new adventure, here are some tips and tricks to make your day as awesome as possible.
COVER UP FROM HEAD TO TOE:
Weather, obstacles, or crashes can wreck a day pretty fast if you are not properly geared up! Protect your body and your day with these recommended protective gear designed for your ride out at Tabor Mountain.
Helmet (Mandatory) – A helmet is required for all riders in the bike park. We strongly recommend a full-face helmet
Goggles – Goggles can protect your eyes from branches and the elements, keep your vision clear and your eyes safe with the different styles availalbe
Elbow, Knee and Shin Pads – Provide protection from cuts, scrapes, and any impact to these parts of your body that are most common to be injured in a crash.
Closed-Toe Shoes – Shoes with a durable toe box and high ankle support are important to manage the rough terrain and impact.
Long Sleeved Shirt and Shorts – Cover up with the proper clothing to limit the amount of bare skin showing.
Full Finger Gloves – Use these to keep your hands on your bars with secure grip on your brakes. Your hands are typically are first to support you in a crash so you want them covered up.
Body Armour – Optional for anyone who wants extra protection for your back and chest.
Neck Brace – Optional for anyone who wants extra neck support which typically is needed when hitting large jumps and drops.
NOT ANY OLD MOUNTAIN BIKE WILL DO.
Riding the Bike Park requires a different type of mountain bike than you might be used to. Mountain bikes with full suspension with the right geometry and components for downhill riding will make your day in the park safer and fun. You must have a mountain bike with disk brakes to ride at Tabor Mountain.
Downhill – Downhill specific bikes are intended for all levels of riders who want to enjoy the most out of the Bike Park. A full suspension, downhill specific bike handles the Bike Park’s technical and free-ride terrain the best and is specifically designed for descending, not ascending. We recommend this type of bike for any level of rider in the bike park.
All-Mountain – All-mountain bikes combine full suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design allowing riders to descent yet ascend when needed. At the minimum, bike park riders should have an all-mountain, full-suspension bike, which is best suited for beginner and intermediate terrain. Please note, uphill riding is not permitted in the bike park.
Cross-Country (Not Recommended) – Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedaling long distances. Cross-country bikes are not recommended in the bike park.
It is important to keep your bike tuned up by qualified bike mechanics. Trust in your bike is the first step to the best riding.
THERE IS MORE TO KNOW THAN YOU THINK.
Whether it’s your first time in the park or it’s your first lap, it’s important to ride smart. Slow down before you speed up because crashes can happen often on your first lap. Ride a trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment first so you can confidently push your limits without pushing your threshold.
Pre-Ride -Warm up the brain and body and inspect the trail at low speed.
Re-Ride – Lap a trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features.
Free-Ride – Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features.
All trails within the Bike Park are designated by colour coded markers at the start of each descent. Work your way up to more advanced trails and features based on your progression, skill, and comfort level. A description of the colour markers can be found here.
1. Baby Moose: An offshoot beginner trail full of big round rollers joining up with Easy Doe's It. Rolly. Polley. Awesome.
2. Easy Doe's It: Best for your first time downhill mountain biking and children. Enjoy the scenic view. Calm. Flow. Fun.
3. Drippy Snout: A great trail for transitioning from beginner to intermediate. Mellow speeds weaving in and out of the woods with small steep sections, roots, burms, and features. Mellow. Curvactious. Variety.
4. Loosey Goosey: More difficult intermediate run with dirt and wood features, rocks, roots and wide open sections. Has a little of everything. Flow. Fun. Fabulous.
5. T-Boner: Upper intermediate run with dirt burms, rollers, and table tops. Hop, Pop Awesome.
6. Beaver Burms: Work your way through this maze for an awesome upper intermediate run. Burms. Burms. Burms
7. Moose Grinder: Intense double black diamond trail with large drops, jumps, rock gardens and super steep sections. Advanced Riders Only!!! Gnarly. Fast. Steep.
*Only way to access Broken Antler is through Moose Grinder so ADVANCED riders only.*
8. Broken Antler: Tight offshoot of Moose Grider with narrow, gnarly terrain. Tight. Winding. Wicked.
9. Moose In Rut: Be prepared for fast paced steep rocky terrain. Fast. Rocky. Radicle.
10. Hairy Rump. End your line down Moose In Rut with this awesome wide open trail with rollers, burms and hips. Vast. Fast. Fantastic.
11.Up Your Antler: This is our interpretation of a high end machine built run. Full of mandatory drops, gaps, table tops, step ups, step downs, single track and huge hips. Excitement non-stop. Big. Baller. Flow.
Trails by difficulty:
Easy Doe's It
Moose In a Rut
Moose Grinder/Broken Antler (Moose Grinder is more difficult but is the only way to get to Broken Antler
Tabor Mountain is excited to bring Mountain Biking to the resort for the 2016 season! We want to let the mountain bikers of the North know what we have been developing out at Tabor and our hopes for the future. In 2005 and 2006 Tabor Mountain opened the Mountain Bike Park in hopes of permanently bringing downhill mountain biking to Prince George, but unfortunately at the time there simply was not enough numbers in riders and support from the community to keep it going. However, it is our belief that mountain biking is bigger than ever and so is our civic pride! Prince George is a beautiful community full of so much potential for outdoor recreation, and we want to contribute to that not only in winter with ski season, but now in the summer with this amazing opportunity. This year is a test run, we started building shortly after ski season to bring you 11 trails built entirely by us at Tabor Mountain! We want to emphasize that these trails were built to show you the large cross-sections of building styles we are able to bring to you. They are by no means set in stone and we encourage you to provide us with feedback on trails, features and events so we can work with you to make this into something every rider can get behind! What sections did you like? What runs made your heart pound and put a smile on your face? Again these trails are simply a taste test and will be developed on and changed throughout the season. With the hopes of building Tabor Mountain bike park into an epic destination for downhill mountain biking for all of Prince George and the communities of the North, we need you, the riders of Prince George to come ride, show your support, enjoy and share in what we hope to develop. We only hope to expand on this park, the sky is the limit!
We need your support to make this happen!
Tabor Mountain Ski/Bike Resort Comments and suggestions are accepted in lodge at the suggestion box and online at our website.www.tabormountain.com
Remember, it’s all downhill from here.
Tabor Mountain: Important Information!
It is imperative that we highlight the importance of strict adherence to the resort hours. Anytime the resort is not open it will be considered under construction and public will not be allowed to access the hill. We are working hard to make lift access mountain biking a permanent installment to Prince George’s amazing recreational attributes, but with Tabor Mountain safety is always our
primary concern. This resort is for you, the rider, and all of the riders that come after.
If you have any concerns please contact Conrad in the lodge.