Acceptance of Risk

YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE PART IN A HIGH RISK ACTIVITY. YOU WILL MINIMISE THIS RISK BY FOLLOWING THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE IN THE SAFETY BRIEFING, MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE AND THE MOUNTAIN BIKE AND EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST.  IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE YOU INCREASE THE LIKLEHOOD OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT WHICH COULD BE FATAL.

  • I understand that Mountain Biking is dangerous and includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. I accept that there is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
  • I understand that I must wear a helmet at all times and that a eye protection, and gloves are highly recommended.
  • I agree that I will follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code at all times
  • I agree to check my bike and equipment as per the Mountain Bike and Equipment Checklist at the start of the day, before each run and after any crash.
  • In the unlikely event of an accident, or loss or damage to my personal effects, I acknowledge that the company, its sponsors and any associated parties will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury arising from or in connection with the Activities (except for death or Personal Injury caused by the Company’s negligence).
  • I certify that to the best of my knowledge I do not have a medical condition which might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an incident which could result in injury to myself or to others.

SAFETY BRIEFING

It is important that everyone who uses Dare Valley Family Gravity Bike Park takes note of the following Health and Safety advice:

  • Mountain Biking, like any extreme sport, is dangerous and includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. There is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
  • Trails are graded blue flow trails, but they are still singletrack mountain trails with berms, steeper sections and loose gravel etc.
  • Always perform a steady recce ride of any trails you intend to ride; trails change with weather conditions, erosion and from continual trail amendments and improvements, do not assume they will always be exactly the same each time you visit.
  • Follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code
  • Children aged 12 and under need to be supervised by a parent or guardian (over 18 years of age) at ALL times
  • You must ALWAYS wear a helmet. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HELMET YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN THE PARK OR USE THE UPLIFT SERVICE.
  • Read and adhere to all advice signs while using the trails.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your equipment is fit for purpose

MOUNTAIN BIKE & EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

The trails at BikePark Wales are rough, challenging and demanding on both bike and body.

We recommend the use of appropriately sized, modern, hardtail mountain bikes with good quality hydraulic disk brakes and front suspension in the park.

Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic and check for any damage after each run of the hill and especially after a crash however minor.

  • Helmets are mandatory, ensure that your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted; 
  • Inspect bike frame for cracks, damaged or dented areas.
  • Ensure you have sufficient brake pads to stop your bike while descending; two working brakes are mandatory and we highly recommend disc brakes for improved control .
  • Front and rear axles (quick release or bolt through type) should be tight.
  • Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
  • Check that your tyres are in good condition, with plenty of tread and no cuts or abrasions in the sidewall and that rims show no cracks or signs of weakness and all spokes are tight and intact.
  • Handlebar and handlebar grips must be tight and unable to spin.
  • Seat and seatpost need to be fastened securely.
  • Suspension should be in good working order with no leaks or loose parts.
  • E-bikes are welcome at Dare Valley Family Gravity Bike Park but they must be classed as an EAPC (Electrically assisted pedal Cycle) and the motor should not propel the bike beyond 15.5 MPH, bikes with a throttle assist are not allowed.

Caution

Mountain biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of injury including death. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all inherent risks.

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