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Riding A Lift Accessed Bike Park For The First Time

Riding A Lift Accessed Bike Park For The First Time


– I’ve just arrived here in Verbier and I hear there’s an amazing bike park at the top of the mountain. So I’m going to hop in the chair lift, give you guys a load
of tips on how to make your first bike park experience great. (upbeat music) So I’m super excited, I’ve
just been to the ticket office, I’ve found out all the
information about closing times, things like that. I’ve also picked up a trail
map for some good reading in the chair lift. Let’s go. (upbeat music) Now when it comes to your ticket, you really want to
taking good care of this because if you lose it
you’re not going to be going on any lifts whatsoever. So a really nice hack is
to stick in your pocket, on the side where the gate
is going to be activated by. So every time you come to the gate, you don’t need to be
reaching in your pocket, you can simply lean to the machine, click it, and go through hands free. When it comes to the chair lift, it’s really good to be
watching all the other riders, how they mount their bikes
on the actual lift itself, you don’t want to be the
guy struggling to try and hook your bike on,
making the chair lift stop, it’s not a good look. (upbeat music) On your way up in the chair lift is your personal aerial
view of the trails, this is a really good chance
to take a look around you, see what lines there are,
see how steep they are, see how gnarly the trails are, and see which is the most popular trail. The most popular is usually
going to be the most easiest one, so maybe head to that
one for your first run. Now you’ve made it to
the top of the chair lift and this is where the fun really begins, this is where all the trails start. Now how are you going to find
the start of all those trails? Well they’re all going to be sign posted so just have a good look around, all going to be graded from
blue, all the way up to black, so make sure you’re starting
on those easier trails or you could be caught out. Now I’ve been taking a look at the map all the way up on the chair lift and down here just looks
like a really cool trail just to get my teeth into it. Now it’s a really good idea to get your bearings straight
away with the trail map. Obviously a few landmarks maybe like these big mountains behind us. A really good one is obviously going to be the lift station If you’ve started at the bottom, you’re obviously going to be at the top and just look if you need
to be turning left or right and all those desired
trails should be inside. And so we’re going to go
down to this blue trail and get into it. (upbeat music) Okay it’s time to hit the trails, get the wheels in the dirt, this is where it gets exciting. Now it’s really important to pay attention to that trail grading. At home you might be comfortable
on red and black trails but here the terrain’s a lot steeper, the ground’s a lot more gnarlier so I suggest you maybe
knock it down a level. So if you’re comfortable on
a red, hit the blue first, that way you’re going to ensure that you’re going to be on the
easiest trails on the mountain. (upbeat music) Now when it comes to jumps, even if you’re a confident jumper, it’s always worth really
to just roll in those jumps first go, just land in on top, get an idea of how kicky those lips are. The thing is if you’re try
and clear these jumps first go you could over jumping
them or coming up short and a big crash could
happen straight away. So I tend to just go chill on them, go nice and slow, get a feel for them, and then hit them with more confidence on the next run down. It’s all about progression. When it comes to a wooden feature on a run it usually means that there’s
going to be some big air time after it, it’s usually going to
be a jump or a drop off. Now these things if you hit
blind or on your first run then I’m afraid you’re just asking for it. You definitely need to stop, have a look at those
gaps, see what’s involved, whether it’s a drop or
you’ve got a step down, things like that. Whether it’s got a kick on it and how much air you’re going to need to get the actual desired landing. So I suggest taking a
chicken run for the first go, checking it out and then hitting it again, maybe on your second or third go. (upbeat rock music) You’re going to find a lot of these trails are going to have resting points. These are your chances
to give your body a rest and the beating it’s
taking on these trails ’cause they can be pretty brutal, your hands are going to
hurt, your whole upper body. And it’s also a chance
and wait for your friends and be off the trail. The thing is if you’re
stopping out in the trail, you’re going to be at risk of getting hit by other riders, so use these rest points to your advantage. (upbeat rock music) Now you might find a
load of wooden features on the bike park trail. Now a lot of riders seem
to shy away from this stuff as you can see from this lower line. Now you need to ask yourself, would you hit that if
that made out of dirt? And I think you’ll probably be saying, yes, this is essentially
a big wooden berm, not a wall ride, so
don’t shy away from it, hit it with confidence. (upbeat rock music) Now if you’ve never experienced arm pump, this is where you’re going to get it. Big, long, brutal, downhill tracks can pump your arms up solid, it means you get to the bottom of run, and you’re trying to lever
your fingers off the bars. It really hurts in the palm of your hands. A really good tip for
getting rid of arm pump, is one, is one is your big
set up and tire pressure? And another little bit
is just calming down, when you get a chance,
to relieve the pressure for your grips, give your
fingers a little wriggle, take the weight off
the palm or your grips, just try and get as much blood back into your hands as possible. A technical segment,
a trail just like this can be pretty intimidating
to even the best riders. If you come across it out
on your recce of the trails, I suggest sticking your bike
at the side of the trail in a safe place and walking down and having a look at the lines. If you look at it as one,
it’s very intimidating, so just break it down into
little quarter segments. Like this is the end of section one, I can see there’s a nice line to my right. I’m going to keep going to segment
two, then to segment three, and just look at all
those different lines, finding nice smooth transitions, keeping an eye out for
any of those nasty rocks that are going to snag
me up, peddle strikes, punctures, things like that. It’s also worth bearing in mind about your weight position, you really want to be back on the bike, ’cause if your front wheel
goes into a big hole, it’s quite easy to get
fired over the handlebars. And think about your braking too, try and be a bit more on the rear brake. rather than pull in a load of front brake, again, that can send you over handlebars. So get that dialed, break
it down into segments and you’ll flying down stuff like this. (upbeat music) So I really hope you’ve
enjoyed today’s video on all those first mistakes you can make on those very first
runs at your bike park. Don’t forget if you are
going to be sending it big on those big big features, then you might want to save it
towards the end of the week, to make sure you’re not going
to be one, breaking your bike, and two, breaking your body. It’s not a lot of fun. If you’ve enjoyed today’s video, be sure to check out how
to get the most out of your e-bike at a bike park down here. Click the thumbs up if you’ve enjoyed it. Drop some comments in the box below. And we’ll see you in the next one.

20 comments on “Riding A Lift Accessed Bike Park For The First Time

  1. Ride up with the seat up and your arse down. Ride down, with the seat down and your arse up. It's not fucking rocket science !!
    Maybe since I've learned how to find my way around a new ski mountain in a white-out, MTB seems quite simple really.

  2. Awesome info on bike parks. I have taken non assist bikes over to Canada, Germany and France in the past on flights with ease and had great times but now I have an ebike (Kenevo) it seem I have restricted myself to UK riding due to the battery on planes issue. I have tried contacting various dealers in France however they will not rent a battery. Is there any way around this that you know or dealers that will rent a battery?
    Exporting/shipping a battery to France logistically could never make sense due to bike down time while in transit.
    Morzine/Les Gets area? Thanks.

  3. A tip with the lift tickets, if you don’t have pockets for whatever reason you can put it in the bottom of your shoes and lift your foot up when you need to scan

  4. Hi, thanks for all your advice on e mountain bikes, took out 2 demo bikes today for the first time.
    What a game changer these new bikes are. Seriously thinking about making a purchase.
    Cheers to all you there!!!!

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