Mountain bike tips

Staying indoors and working from home means we have to adapt. But we also need to relax. In times like these, your mountain bike is your best friend. Cycling is the perfect way to clear your head and get some fresh air. With mountain bike routes and flow trails, you can feel a difference after just three corners. Steering and pedaling, enjoying building up a sweat. A quick shower and you soon feel totally rejuvenated. So, jump on your bike and enjoy!

General tips

  • Always bike solo
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Know your limits and avoid extreme routes for now 
  • Stick to routes in your own region. There are plenty of routes that are well maintained and safe
  • If you have a chance, try to bike midweek – it’s usually quieter then

Biking schedule 

Get the week off to a good start with a one-hour endurance ride. Don’t go too fast. Just pedal calmly and steadily. You should still be able to talk. Take a look around you and enjoy nature. 

If you can’t go biking on Monday, you can do Monday’s ride on Tuesday. If you need to, add an extra half-hour onto it. 

You can choose one of these days for a special mountain bike route in your region, with the occasional ten minutes of hard pedaling on the route. On a two-hour ride, you can repeat this four or five times.  

Friday is the time for an afternoon ‘playing around’ on a field, where it’s possible. It can also be fun to do with the kids. Do an hour or so of exercises, such as track stand (standstill), putting down and picking up a water bottle while cycling, riding over a tree trunk, cycling right under a low branch, playing tag or snail racing on your bikes. You can see all of this in this video, recorded during one of the Pon Fit clinics. 

At the weekend, you could spend 2 to 3 hours on a special mountain bike route in your region. Make sure to include some variety and avoid monotonous situations. Also keep a close eye on the weather conditions. 

Other tips

Loose sand caused by current (hot) weather
Keep your weight rearward, try to maintain speed, and, as far as possible, let your front wheel find the trail (keep a loose grip on your handlebars).

Track stand
Put your front wheel to the diagonal and use it for stability, opt for a lowish gear, and choose a rising terrain.

Shifting gear/climbing
Use your gears when climbing or riding uphill. As soon as you feel as if you almost can’t pedal, switch to a slightly lower gear.

You’ll find plenty of corners on the mountain bike routes and trails. Always look in the direction you’re heading and carefully assess the terrain. Adjust your speed and accelerate again as you take the corner. On a sharp corner, make sure to avoid the ground with your pedal. 

Crossing a tree trunk
Always moderate your speed. First, lift up your front wheel, let the rear wheel roll against the tree trunk and then lift up the rear wheel with your legs. 

Putting down and picking up a water bottle
When putting down or picking up a water bottle, always keep the pedal down on the picking up/putting downside. 

Enjoy your ride.

Jan Weevers