Located in Northfield, the Highland Mountain Bike Park offers some of the most challenging and extreme mountain bike sets around. It is also home to the Double Trouble Video challenge. Show up with your friends and spend the day perfecting your tricks; then video them and upload the film to YouTube to enter. This is what has made this park one of the best known in New England and beyond. This park is designed with a variety of skill levels in mind, from beginner to extreme enthusiast.
Why go to a mountain bike park?
If you are mostly interesting in trail riding and not stunt riding you may think that a mountain bike park has little to offer to you, but you will be surprised at the advantages some time spent in a park will provide you on the trail. For starters, it is a protected environment where you can hone your skills in climbing, descending and ramping at high speed without worry about injury leaving you stranded in the woods. There are also classes and workshops you can take to help gain advanced skills. One of the best advantages of spending time practicing your skills at a mountain bike park remains what it will do for expanding your social circle and allowing you to network with other bikers. This is where you will find out about little known trails and find someone willing to go out adventuring on them with you.
Going out on the trail
Once you are ready, you can leave the park and launch yourself out on the nearby trails, or on any of the mountain bike trails and routes in New Hampshire. One popular way to spend a weekend or a short vacation is to start in Northfield, then book lodging near a few other major trails so you can spend your entire time riding while you are in New Hampshire. Many of the local towns feature rentals and gear shops so you won’t want for anything when you arrive. It is also easy to find someone to help fix your bike should you run into problems as this is an increasingly popular sport here.
Doing an academy
One of the things you may want to consider is doing the academy at Highland Mountain Bike Park. They offer several semesters and intensive workshops throughout the year that can help you take your skills to the next level. You will not only learn more about the skills you need riding, but you can learn more about maintenance and repair. There are even special programs for increasing your skills in riding in teams which can be essential in the outdoors. Mountain biking is a team event, even if you are just riding casually with a few friends. There are sessions for different age groups and skill levels so you will always be in with a good group that suits your style. Afterwards, you will find that you have made bike friends for life with your classmates.