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Sunday, 24 April 2016 00:00

A Crash Course (not literally) in discovering Lift Accessed Mountain Biking in the Catskills

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The warmer weather looks like it's here to stay, though it seems like we didn't really get away from it this past winter.

The springtime foliage is blooming and there's a whole new group of people who want to experience the sport of lift accessed mountain biking and fall in love with this great Catskill Mountain experience.

Now, you don't have to run out and buy a bike, and you surely don't want to get something that won't be able to handle the true mountain bike terrain.  The recommendation is to try it first, as your "dream bike" might cost a couple thousand dollars or more, not to mention the protective gear that comes along with it.

Plattekill Mountain offers the experience (over 20 years) and everything you need for a great mountain bike adventure at an affordable price.  Beginner to advanced mountain biking trails, lift access, bike and gear rentals, you will find it all at Plattekill.

The sport of lift accessed mountain biking is fun and exciting and has greatly expanded over the last couple decades with the advent of full suspension bikes and some pretty crazy or totally inspiring (depending on your point of view) stuff from GoPro videos posted on YouTube.

When you head to the mountain, be sure to wear comfortable clothing (nothing too baggy), closed toe/heel shoes (no sandals), bring water to hydrate and that's about it.

A good way to begin is to first find a ride within your limits (beginners will appreciate Plattekill's Greenhorn trail), with someone who is knowledgeable (like the folks at Plattekill) and you'll find that mountain biking can be a really fun and safe sport.  As with any new sport, you have to build up your skills and confidence by getting out on the trails and gaining experience.  You may be used to riding on the road or possibly off-road, but it may take a bit to develop your skills in downhill.  Negotiating roots and rocks is an education in the great outdoors itself.  And that's not even getting into what good ol' Mother Nature will throw at you and how the conditions change from dry to wet and vise versa.

With all that being said, one thing most experienced riders agree on is the necessity of protective gear, especially a helmet.

So, Plattekill Mountain has made it easy and all-inclusive with their 2 Hour Rise & Shine or Full Day Beginner Package.  That way, you don't have to worry about if you forgot about something really important as you're on your way up to the summit or anything else for that matter.  Both packages include a KHS full suspension mountain bike, all your protective gear, lift pass, and a personalized guide.  It's the perfect outdoor mountain experience when visiting the Catskills for a day or weekend.  If you're in the Catskills and wondering "What is there to do?" plan a visit to Plattekill Mountain for a great Catskill Mountain adventure.

 

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