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Mountain bike and cycle with care

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Mountain bike and cycle with care

Mountain bike and cycle with care

From advanced competitors to beginners and families, Queensland’s parks have purpose-built mountain bike parks and forest trails offering a range of magnificent riding experiences. Take care of yourself and the landscape as you enjoy these riding opportunities.

Read stay save and visit with care for important information about staying safe, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Know your limits

TC04Very easyWide trail with a gentle gradient, smooth surface and no obstacles. Suitable for beginner cyclists with basic bike skills, and most bikes
http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/experiences/images/grade2-mtn-bike-trail.jpgEasyWide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain bike skills and off-road bikes
http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/experiences/images/grade3-mtn-bike-trail.jpgIntermediateTrail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with mountain bikes.
http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/experiences/images/grade4-mtn-bike-trail.jpgDifficult

Suitable for experienced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Expect large, dangerous and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk.

Mountain Bike extremeExtreme

Suitable for highly experienced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Severe constructed trails and/or natural features—all sections are challenging. Includes extreme levels of exposure and/or risk. Expect large and unavoidable obstacles and features. Some sections will be easier to walk.

Ride with care

  • Make sure riding is allowed at the park or forest you are visiting. Bikes are only allowed on some roads, tracks and trails.
  • Before you head off, check if any park alerts affect the park you intend to visit.
  • Heed all closure, access and safety information and signs.
  • Plan ahead and be realistic about your abilities and wear the right safety gear.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and down slopes—this causes collisions with others and damages the trail. Stop erosion by not riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Stay on marked trails and roads. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
  • Help protect our parks by ensuring you don’t carry pests in footwear, clothing, bikes, vehicles and gear.
  • Be aware of other trail users, wildlife and vehicles.
  • Follow the give-way code—cyclists give way to horses and walkers; walkers give way to horses. Alert others when approaching. To safely alert horses, slow right down and talk. Hearing a human voice helps a horse stay calm when a bike appears suddenly.

Want to know more?

Contact your local mountain biking organisation, Queensland Mountain Bike or IMBA Australia.