Staying safe on two wheels

Checklist before setting off

  • Tell another person where you are going.
  • Read the weather forecast (check the risk of thunderstorms).
  • Check your bike (brakes, tyres, gears, etc.)

Things to take with you

  • Rucksack or bike bag
  • Puncture repair kit or spare innertube as well as mini-pump and mini-tool
  • First aid kit
  • Helmet, windproof and waterproof clothing, spare cycling top
  • Food and drink
  • Emergency money
  • Mobile phone

Rules to observe when mountainbiking

  • Stay on the marked trail at all times.
  • Use maps and guidebooks to plan your ride.
  • Do not leave the path – short-cuts damage the environment and can be dangerous.
  • Ride carefully – adjust your speed to your ability – if in doubt, ride slowly.
  • Hikers always have right of way over mountainbikers.
  • Respect the environment – take your rubbish with you and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • Be careful of forestry work – read warning signs and follow any advice given.
  • Always close gates behind you.
  • Avoid riding in darkness (animals, hunters).
  • Always help other riders who are injured.
  • Never ride without a helmet.
  • Do not drink and ride – alcohol reduces your ability to concentrate.
  • Make sure your bike is fitted with a bell.

Emergency services

  • Mountain rescue  140
  • Police  133
  • European emergency number  112
  • Ambulance 144
  • Fire brigade  122

Difficulty categories

GREEN - TREKKING Flat tarmac and gravel roads
BLUE - EASY Tarmac and gravel roads with gentle uphill sections (max. 250 vertical metres of climbing)
RED - INTERMEDIATE Tarmac and gravel roads with intermediate uphill sections (max. 900 vertical metres of climbing)
BLACK - ADVANCED Generally gravel roads with up to 1400 vertical metres of climbing
BLACK DIAMOND - EXPERT Long sections of singletrail with over 1400 vertical metres of climbing