Mountain biking is an invigorating way to explore Curaçao where you can enjoy cycling in each of the sites on the island. However there are places that are difficult to find, as well as places that are part of mountain biking, among them are the trails that suit all preferences, such as:
- Jan Thiel Trail
- Christoffel Park Trail
- Mouth St. Michiel / Malpais
- St. Joris Baai / Koraal Tabak
Where you can tour all of our territory and enjoy this beautiful island. In addition to cycling in Curaçao you should know that in mountain biking certain requirements are required to perform them correctly to make it useful for your well-being.
As mountain biking is practiced outdoors, when it comes to acquiring a team it is necessary to take into account our own size and physical form, as well as the climatic conditions and those of the terrain in which we are going to practice it. In this way, we minimize the risk of accidents or unforeseen events.
The essential equipment of mountain bike is composed by:
If it is the first time that we buy a bicycle, it is advisable to be advised by an expert, since there are numerous types, among which stand out:
- Rigid ones, most of which include suspension.
- Double suspension, with a frame with rear suspension system and fork with front suspension and whose travel varies according to the modality that is practiced.
- The dirt jump, which are small, light and resistant, designed to make with them all kinds of jumps and pirouettes.
- Electric. They are the last cry and usually have an autonomy that ranges between 30 and 90 kilometers.
The typical cyclist trousers, which have a padded protection in the crotch to avoid the inconvenience that can cause the saddle in that area.
Essential for avoiding serious consequences in severe trauma, as well as the blows of Chinese, branches or other objects that during the pedaling could impact our head. Must meet safety standards, have ventilation slots and fit tightly to the skull, without tightening.
They protect from the sun and dust and in addition, like the helmet, are necessary to avoid the impacts of mud, stones or insects in our eyes. The lenses must be unbreakable and have ultraviolet protection to avoid burns.
Water and food
In a cross-country sport, it is essential to bring water or isotonic drinks to hydrate us, because we do not know where or when we will refresh ourselves. We can carry them in a bottle attached to the bicycle frame or in a backpack, where fruit and energy bars should also be missing.
In the backpack we must have a puncture repair kit (with cameras, patches, air pump, frill …) and front and rear lights, to circulate at night. A GPS or compass is also advisable.
Documentation and mobile phone
Especially useful in case of emergencies.
It is usually made of synthetic materials, so it will hardly give of itself. That is why we must choose our exact size, without us to tighten, because after a while of pedaling the feet swell easily. There are different closures, makes and models according to the discipline that we carry out.
For the torso you can wear a comfortable shirt, although the jerseys fit more to the body and promote perspiration. The gloves prevent friction in the hands and ensure the grip of the handlebar and lightweight waterproof plastic or synthetic materials can save us from a cold if it starts to rain. In the case of women, sports bras or tops are the most appropriate, for facilitating mobility and reducing impacts.
That’s up to you!
The sport of mountain biking is an extreme sport practiced by more and more people in the world and because of the harsh conditions surrounding this sport is that you need the right equipment to develop it in the best way.
This is a sport that requires a lot of concentration and attention but in addition to having these skills, which you will be developing even more when practicing mountain biking, you must take sufficient precautions to cover physical security when practicing this sport that carries several risks.
Also the Mountain Bike is health on two wheels because it helps to tone muscles and burn calories while enjoying the outdoors and mountain landscapes is not only possible, but also can be very fun thanks to mountain biking.