Q: WHAT GRADE RIDES ARE AVAILABLE?
As a Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader the terrain I will be leading you on will be:
– Rideable at walking speed
– Rollable on descents so that wheels are not required to leave the ground
– Has an obvious line choice
– Is 90% rideable by the entire group
– Is no more than 30 minutes walk from where the emergency services can get to
The majority of GRIP TOURS riding will be on natural trails, not trail centre MTB specific trails and will take into consideration the abilities and skill level of the whole group. We will work along the premise that bike trails are usually graded similar to ski-runs and are usually given some colour code to help you decide on whether they are suitable to your particular skill level.
GREEN – Easy – Beginners in good health with basic bike skills.
BLUE – Moderate – Riders in good health with basic off-road riding skills.
RED – Difficult – Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills & fitness.
BLACK – Severe – Expert mountain bikers with high level of fitness.
Further details on gradings can be found here.
Q: WHO SHOULD GO ON OUR RIDES?
Our trips are aimed at all level of cyclists, however a moderate level of fitness and some experience of riding technical trails and roads will be helpful but is not essential.
We tailor our rides to suit families that want to get out together with GREEN and BLUE TRAILS so that there is something for everyone. If you are happy on a typical trail centre RED TRAIL and have a sense of adventure, then you’ll enjoy what can be offered.
If you want a little excitement and have the skills to back it up. We’ll help you find the trails, point out the need to know areas and guide you safely and accordingly.
Q: DO YOU OFFER BIKE HIRE?
Not as such – however we can always source suitable bikes if needed. There are a good selection of local businesses we collaborate with to bring the latest bikes suitable to the ability and fitness of the group. From general trail bikes to high-end full-suspension MTB or E-bikes.
If road and gravel is your thing, we are still working to source suitable hire locations, so having your own road or gravel bike would be an advantage.
Q: WHAT ARE E-BIKES?
A bike that can be powered by electricity as well as propelled by pedals. These pedal-assisted bikes are proving to be the fastest growing sector of UK cycle sales and are a fantastic way of opening up the outdoors to more riders – many of whom will be new to the concept of group rides and maybe even mountain biking in general. Basically they can be great for mixed ability groups as they can level the playing field.
For further thoughts and insight see here.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME ON THE DAY?
Don't worry, detailed information will be sent out with your booking confirmation, BUT...
Please remember to take your bike! – making sure it is safe and fit-for-purpose before the day of the ride
Take suitable clothing for forecasted weather conditions – general outdoor sports clothing is ideal
- Take a helmet, gloves and eye protection
- Take snacks and drinks –your fuel for the ride.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE DAY?
Meet GRIP TOURS at agreed location 15/20 minutes prior to agreed start time. A typical session will include:
- Introductions and form checks
- Helmet, clothing, bike set-up and checks
Warm-up & technique session
Let's Go Explore – guided ride applying techniques on the trail
Q: DO YOU OFFER COACHING?
Not as such. We can offer general tips on riding position to help you through the tour. A general assessment of your riding will be done and consideration for each level will be catered for on the ride.
However, if you do want to brush up on those trail skills, improve your handling on the road, know what gear you should be in for climbing that hill or learn about group riding we work closely with others in the area and can source those coaching services for you too.
Q: DO YOU OPERATE ALL YEAR ROUND?
Our trips run from March to October, although we can organise out of season trips for groups or individuals who'd like something personal. These would be weather dependent and only run in daylight hours in intermediate weather conditions, i.e., not "winter" conditions with any depth or forecasted chance of snow.