Gravity Orientation Guide
On this page you'll find all the information and useful tips you'll need to roll down the Dolomiti Paganella Bike trails safely.
WHERE TO START
If you are new to bike park riding, start with one of the DPB Academy activities (courses-experiences-couching-camps). Most of them are perfect for beginner riders and they'll allow you to quickly feel safe and comfortable on a bike. If you are a beginner who is not taking part in any instructior-led activity, start at the Orientation Center at the rental location, where you'll get helpful information and istructions before you start to ride.
The Trail Progression you see below can be useful to gather which trails are best suited to you. Starting at the centre, you'll find the flow trails on the left side: they are smooth, artificial tracks with rollers and berms, specifically built for mountain bikes. On the right side of the picture you'll find the technical trails: usually hand-built, they are full of roots, rocks and other natural obstacles. As you can gather from the picture below, the easiest tech trail, "809 Malghette Trail", has the same degree of difficulty of the penultimate flow trail, "4 Peter Pan".
Begin with the easiest trails and gradually advance to the more difficult ones, building on your ability step by step.
Each color symbolizes the degree of difficulty of a trail: green (easy), blue (intermediate), red (advanced), black (expert).
If you need any advice, don't hesitate to ask: the new Orientation Centers have been established specifically for this reason!
The Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park is made up by three Bike Park areas:
the historic Fai della Paganella area with its 3 "technical trails" (Easy Rider, Arancia Meccanica and Apocalypse Now) and the "Peter Pan" flow trail.
Two new flow trails, completed at the end of summer 2017: Big Hero and Blade Runner. They are two of the easiest flow trails of the entire bike area.
Three new flow trails: Willy Wonka (completed in autumn 2017, it will officially open to the public on June 2, 2018), Hustle&Flow (under costruction, it will be accessible by mid-summer), Zanna Bianca (accessible by the end of summer 2018).
The BP Zones are connected to each other by (shared) single trails, usually more suitable with trail,all-mountain and enduro mountain bikes.
WHAT TO WEAR
Protective gear is very important. In this section some advice on what to wear, with differentiation between Bike Park ZONE and Enduro/All Mountain gear when applicable.
- Helmet. Mandatory. A full helmet is recommended for the bike park areas; in the shared trails (enduro and all mountain) we recommend an enduro helmet (open), which will allow for a better interaction with nature and the other visitors.
- Goggles. Wrap-around goggles are the best choice for eye protection against dirt, branches and other obstacles you'll encounter on the trails or in a crash. Keep in mind that, if you are a beginner, wrap-around goggles may hinder your performance: they tend to fog when speed is low.
- Elbow and Knee Pads. Mandatory, they provide protection from cuts, scrapes and any impact to these parts of your body that are most common to be injured in a crash.
- Shoes. Shoes with a durable toe box and high ankle support are important to manage the rough terrain and impact. Robust sport shoes can be an alternative.
- Jersey and Shorts. Specific trousers and long-sleeved jersey for the downhill, to limit the amount of bare skin showing; short sleeves for the enduro, to allow for better perspiration.
- Full Finger Gloves. Use these to keep your hands on your bars with secure grip on your brakes. Your hands tipically are first to support you in a crash so you want them covered up.
- Body Armour. Extra protection for your back and chest (elbow and knee pads are often incorporated).
- Backpack. Mandatory for Enduro / All Mountain, it is advisable to get one with a bladder bag and back protector. It allows the rider to carry gear, water, food, waterproof clothes and maps.
WHAT BIKE TO RIDE
On the Dolomiti Paganella Bike trails two bike models are recommended, depending on what kind of activity the riders engage in. In the bike park areas, reserved for gravity, Downhill and Freeride bikes are heavily recommended. These bikes are robust, equipped with strong disc brakes and full suspensions (180mm/200mm) and designed to safely handle technical and free-ride terrains.
For acces to the shared areas (enduro - all mountain) we recommend Enduro All Mountain bikes, which, unlike downhill bikes, make for easier pedalling thanks to their reduced weight, different geometry, Dropper Seatpost and stiffer suspensions.
We advise against riding HardTail/XC bikes, more suited for pedalling and generally not specifically designed for descending.
For any information, the Orientation Centers are at your service. If you are new to our bike area or you are a beginner rider, start at one of the three Orientation Centers located in Andalo, Molveno and Fai della Paganella. Here our guides will give you helpful instructions and tips about trails, rentals, courses and all the other mountain bike services.