Top 10 Mountain Biking Tips for New GFT Riders

Top 10 Mountain Biking Tips for New GFT Riders

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10. Respect the trail – No Dig, No Ride!

A trail like the GFT didn’t happen by accident. BMBA members have spent thousands of volunteer hours building and maintaining the trail. Come out to a BMBA work day on the third Saturday of each month and meet the BMBA team, details can be found on our calendar of upcoming events. You can help maintain this great trail system and learn a little about how the trail is built and maintained. Learning to work the trail will help you understand it better, and help you ride better!
Don't modify the trail. If you see broken branches or downed tree limbs feel free to move them off the trail. If you see other issues with the dirt or shape of the trail that can't be fixed with simple stomp of the foot contact the BMBA team and we'll get one of our expert builders to look at the problem.
Photo: Murray Hann, one of the original riders at the GFT, believes in “no work, no ride”. From the looks of this picture, I’d say it looks like Mur deserves a ride!.
Brevard County mountain biking pioneer Murray Hann
Brevard County mountain biking pioneer Murray Hann
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  1. Nick
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    That was a good read! Very thorough, and hit all the basics and then some. I would hand this as a first time rider users manual!

    • BMBA
      BMBA
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      Thanks for the feedback Nick!

  2. Dusty Simmon
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    Great article! If I might add, as a fairly new rider to the trail, for your first visit, take a slow cautious check out lap, noting all of the features, and by passes if needed, depending on your skill level. There are usually multiple options for just about every level of rider. And, on return visits, take your first lap a little slower pace than your max as things change pretty regularly due to weather or trail improvements/modifications. If you ride the GFT you will leave with a smile… Guaranteed!

    • BMBA
      BMBA
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      Great points Dusty, a slow trial lap is a great idea to get accustomed to the GFT’s terrain. You are also right about the trails constant condition and feature changes, even a couple weeks away from the GFT can give you a few surprises when you return. The advice from the GFT crew keeps coming in, thank you!

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