We live in unpredictable times and find the need to tread cautiously at every given moment. We are all looking for a reason to escape into the wilderness and increasingly a number of people are hopping on to the mountain bike to find their calling in the mountains. However, what only a handful of us realize is that the sport calls for prep much beyond your riding skills. That is where the concept of ‘etiquette’ comes in.
Etiquette is defined as “the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.” Etiquette isn’t just about holding out your pinky when you take afternoon tea; it has practical application on the trail. Even if you develop all the skill and fitness in the world, without proper etiquette, you can be a detriment to the sport.
But why is riding etiquette so important?
So, what rules must one follow:
The trail will only love you back if you show it the same level of respect and admiration. For a mountain biker, the trail is your home and there’s nothing like following some simple rules to make the experience a whole lot better.