Before Heading Out
Check the forecast before you head out, and keep an eye on the sky during your trip. Seriously, just take a moment, Google it, and find out what you can expect the sky to throw at you. Weather conditions can change rapidly and if you’re riding towards a wall of darkness, you may want to consider heading back.
If you know the weather is going to be cold or wet during your ride, make sure you layer up with the appropriate clothing. You can always take layers off if you get too hot, but if you’re too cold, you’ll be stiff and uncomfortable the entire time you’re riding.
Remember, bad weather conditions, like heavy rain and gusting winds, may wash out the trail and make your riding conditions sketchy at best. If you get stuck riding in this weather, watch out for sloppy trail conditions and for blown down trees or other debris that you may encounter on your path.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: STAY CENTRED
Stick to the trail when it starts to get sloppy. It can be tempting to go wide around muddier areas and ride on the trail edge but this will damage the trail and is often the reason that some trails end up closed. Besides, going through the mud is half the fun. So keep on the path and go for it!