Playgrounds to Discover Mountainbiking

Playgrounds to Discover Mountainbiking

Mountain biking is an exhilarating sport that can take you to the most beautiful and remote places in nature. However, for many people, the thought of tackling steep and challenging terrain can be daunting, especially for beginners. That's where mountain-bike playgrounds come in.

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These central areas consisting of various elements that are easily accessible and in flat terrain serve as a gateway to the sport of mountain biking. They are designed to be within easy reach for the general public and can also serve as a social meeting place where people can meet, exchange ideas, and try out their first laps. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of mountain-bike playgrounds and how they provide access to the sport of mountain biking in a safe and fun environment - by showcasing 3 examples.

Basel - Aesch

In the fall of 2022, the Trailcenter in Aesch was opened after a construction period of around three months. This project is different in many ways from others and has many reasons that make our hearts race. What was once a football field is now a trail center. One of the reasons why the project could be implemented more quickly than others is that the chosen site was already in the sports zone of the community and did not require any additional approval for the realization.

In terms of biodiversity promotion and sustainability, loud praise can be expressed. It is no secret that in recent decades, biological diversity has declined worldwide. For this reason, the responsible parties in Aesch decided to promote natural green spaces wherever possible.

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From the beginning, ecological upgrading measures were integrally planned in the project. Also, the nearby green spaces and the general ecological infrastructure in the region offer the ideal conditions to promote biodiversity. Compared to the previous use, the structural and material diversity of a trail center offers ideal conditions for a diverse habitat and ecological upgrading.

Thusis

The Trailcenter Thusis is one of the few trail centers in Switzerland. It was first proposed about five years ago, and after much planning and local efforts, it was able to open just before the summer of 2020. The center is designed to make it easier for beginners to access single trails, to give older people more driving safety, to allow the next generation to benefit from targeted technical training and to allow even experienced bikers to learn something new in the forest area. The center has a variety of different routes and tracks and is aimed at all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced riders.

In the generous entrance and lounge area of the Trailcenter, a large overview board informs about the center and its individual elements and tracks, which together make up around 3.5 kilometers of track. The QR code stands out, which tells us more about the technical elements and how to tackle them. How to jump, balance, make tight turns and much more is described in the respective tutorials in a simple and understandable way.

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Seven tracks and lines, dotted with technical elements plus a practice area are open for riding. The "Main Loop" winds through the small forest and regularly small rock gardens, wooden walkways or curves are lined up, always marked with the appropriate level of difficulty. Perfect for gradually approaching more challenging terrain.

Arosa

The design of a mountain-bike playground can be tailored to the specific needs and wishes of each region, making it an ideal solution for communities looking to provide access to the sport of mountain biking in a safe and fun environment. One great example of this is the Skill Center in Arosa, Switzerland, which was planned and implemented by Allegra in 2019.

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The Skill Center in Arosa offers beginners the perfect infrastructure for their first tentative attempts on a bike, with a conveyor belt (magic carpet) and four different practice trails. The Beginner Trail features an easy rock field, large-scale berms, rollers, a simple footbridge, and a seesaw, providing new riders with a safe and fun environment to learn and improve their skills. For more experienced riders, the Flow Trail offers berms, waves, and depressions, as well as the integration of small jumps to improve training on the trails. Additionally, the second trail has a bit of single trail character, featuring narrow and trickier rock elements, making it perfect for riders looking to improve their riding skills step by step.

Overall, the Skill Center in Arosa is an excellent example of how a mountain-bike playground can be designed to cater to the needs of different riders, providing a wide range of opportunities to improve one's skills, gain confidence on the bike, and have fun.

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developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan