If you never tried downhill and freeride mtb, these sports might seem extreme to you, especially if you think about the videos you watched online where professional athletes ride down trails at high speed jumping over incredible stuctures as if it was the easiest thing ever. Forget about it, because that’s not the truth: even you can try downhill and freeride!
The best way to access the bikepark for the first time is to be accompanied by one of Freeride School guide. Thanks to their experience you’ll be able to learn the basic techniques for your rides: from the tips to face the easiest trails, to the ones useful to face jumps and wooden structures. The first rides will be on the blue run, the easiest in the park (named Take It Easy), that goes from the arrival of the gondola along 4,5 km till the bottom of the lift.
Before starting your day in the bikepark, it is important to have the right clothing and the right protections needed to be more safe along park trails. Here’s what you will need:
- Full helmet (mandatory): helmet is mandatory for your safety in the bikepark. Full helmet is strongly recommended to protect you in case of falling down;
- Googles: use googles to protect your view and avoid any contact with dirt, small rocks or other stuff that might get into your eyes;
- Protection for elbows and knees: they’ll give you maximum protection from cuttings and scratches and they’ll reduce the impact with the terrain, in case of fallings;
- Back protection: it is an optional but we recommend it to give you an added protection to your back and body;
- Shoes with resistent sole: for downhill an freeride it could be enough to have a pair of trainers but we suggest you to have shoes with a higher sole that will reduce the impact on your downhill ride;
- Gloves: they will guarantee you more grip on the brakes and they’ll protect your from eventual cuts in case of fallings. Hands are the first thing that will help you in case of falls, that’s why it’s very important to keep them covered.
- Clothing: here there are no particular restrictions, but if you want to be really stylish when riding your bike you should buy the official garments by Mottolino Bikepark collection. You can find them at "La Galleria" located downtown Livigno.
Helmets, googles, protection for elbows, gloves and back protection are all available at Dr. Rent either for sale or rental. Find it at the bottom of the gondola.
To access the bikepark it is very important to use the correct bike. Let’s better understand this: a classic mountain bike is not ideal to ride the park because it doesn’t suit the terrain and the structures in the park. The best solution is to use the correct downhill and freeride bikes, made to reduce the impact with the terrain and with great breaks for your descents. In case you dont’t have these bikes, Dr. Rent will help you with a great choice of Scott and Intense bikes. Click here to see what model are available.