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Rules of use and safety
- The Sierra Nevada Bike Park is comprised of six descent routes (DH or Downhill) and a cross country circuit (XC), located in the Sierra Nevada ski resort area.
- Promoted by Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A., the descent routes are located at altitudes of between 2,150 m and 3,028 m, and they constitute a unique offer in Spain with regards to high mountain descents.
- The Bike Park is open during the summer season from 28 June to 7 September.
- Access to the BTT Fuente Alta Route is free.
- To access the descent routes, cyclists can use the lifts that Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A. opens in the summer season (Borreguiles Cable-car, Borreguiles Carpet Lift, Veleta Chair Lift).
- A pass (20 Euros/day) enables the cyclist to use these lifts, open from 10am to 6pm, in order to reach the route start points and the bicycle wash at the entry point of Pradollano.
- The user of Bike Park accepts the risks involved with DH and XC disciplines. Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A. does not accept responsibility for injury or accidents caused by the misuse of the routes, or negligence or lack of preparation on the part of the cyclist. It does not accept responsibility for the injury cyclists may cause to third parties.
Rules of use and safety for downhill circuits
Downhill circuits are descents that are linear, marked and indicated, and prepared and reserved exclusively for the downhill event and thus cannot be negotiated in the opposite direction. The downhill circuits may include artificial modules to complement the natural obstacles.
Falls are common when cycling downhill. Help us to improve safety by observing these rules:
- Given the nature of the activity, for downhill cycling you need a minimum amount of training and good physical abilities to enable you to steer the bike properly and avoid obstacles.
- For reasons of safety and respect for the environment, you need to keep to the marked trails and not try to take any short-cuts. It is mandatory to respect the signage, with no change or modification being permitted. Circuits are marked according to levels:
- Green: Very easy.
- Blue: Easy.
- Red: Difficult.
- Black: Very difficult.
- Cyclists should use a bicycle that is fit for descent, with full suspension and capable of absorbing the jolt of landing and other obstacles to be found along the route. Users should check their bike or take it to be checked by a qualified mechanic before riding it downhill.
- The combination of obstacles and uneven terrain in downhill cycling makes it necessary to provide for potential falls and therefore cyclists should wear a full-face helmet, neck brace adapted to the helmet, and protection for the back, elbows, knees and calves, plus gloves. It is the cyclists themselves who are responsible for ensuring their own safety.
- Cyclists should act carefully and responsibly and control their own speed so as not to give rise to any situation that might jeopardize their own safety or that of other users. Users should be aware of the difficulty of the route, the layout of the obstacles and their own technical and physical abilities.
- Except in competitions, the cyclist in front has priority. Avoid stopping in places that might obstruct the route or that might not be visible from higher up. Before starting your descent after making a stop, look higher up the trail and give way to anyone already coming down.
- Downhill cycling trails are reserved solely for this activity and are therefore off bounds to pedestrians and other types of user. Climbing back up downhill trails either on foot or by bike is prohibited.
- The difficulty of the obstacles may change due to bike rides or weather conditions. These should be checked before use, especially the first time around. Also make sure that the landing zones for jumps or steep sections are free of other users.
- The fact that the lifts are open is no guarantee that the downhill trails will be negotiable. It is better to find out beforehand and pay attention to the signs.
- There is a first aid service which can be used to provide information about accidents and incidents at the lift stations, or else by calling the emergency telephone number 112. Access to certain sections of the downhill circuits is difficult and therefore response times for evacuation may be relatively long.
Cross Country rules of use and safety
There is a cross country route at Fuente Alta, which is not controlled and is to be used under the exclusive responsibility of the user. The “Rules of the Trail” by the IMBA are a good example for the suitable use of this route:
- Use permitted trails only
Follow the established trail. Respect private property and do not trespass. Find out from the Local Government about the existing limitations on free passage through the area.
- Leave no trace
Try not to leave a trace by controlling braking and avoiding skidding. Skidding produces unnecessary earth erosion. Don’t throw away rubbish.
- Control your bicycle
Adapt your speed to trail conditions and visibility. Control will enable you to avoid accidents and skidding.
- Always give way to other users
The basis of coexistence between cyclists and pedestrians is giving way. Give pedestrians advance warning of your arrival and reduce speed to a stop if necessary.
- Don’t scare animals
You are in their midst and it is possible that they are not accustomed to your presence. Be respectful and don’t make unnecessary noise. Close the gates you passthrough.
- Plan your departure
Especially in the event of doing so in high mountains. You should be self-sufficient at all times and know your level (physically and technically), the equipment and the bicycle (keep it in good condition), and choose the route in relation to all these considerations.
- Always use a helmet
Always use one for your safety and that of those accompanying you.
- Don’t use headphones
Enjoy nature’s sounds and be alert to possible dangers.
- The opening of lifts does not guarantee that descent runs are usable. Find out in advance and respect signposting.
- There is a rescue service that you can communicate with regarding the occurrence of accidents and incidents at the resort’s lifts or you can call the emergency telephone number 112. Access to certain stretches of descent routes is difficult, meaning response times for rescue may be quite long.
Respect the environment
· Remember that you are in a natural, protected space where there are minimal regulations you must respect.
· Try to minimise your impact on the environment. Sticking to the set trail will prevent deterioration of the state of bordering vegetation. Don’t leave rubbish along the routes. Respect the wild animals you come across on the routes.
· Actively collaborate on volunteer actions to maintain the routes.
The failure to obey any of these norms will result in Cetursa Sierra Nevada S.A. justly blocking the pass, without the need to return any amount, and expelling the individual from the facilities.