Moab, Utah, is a mountain biker’s desert paradise, where trails traverse rock plateaus and rise to spectacular views of deep canyons, the Colorado River and natural stone arches. If you’re new to mountain biking, before you attempt the legendary Slickrock Trail, a 13- mile loop over rolling, packed sandstone, pick up a few skills first.
The bike-handling skills you’ll develop in Moab will lead to improved agility and nimbleness that could benefit you even when you’re off the bike. “The variability of the terrain and the vastly different speeds of mountain biking are great at challenging both balance and agility,” says Lawrence van Lingen, a sports therapist who works with elite athletes at Southern California’s Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. “At high speeds, anticipation, forward thinking and reaction times are challenged.”
Rent a bike from Moab’s Chile Pepper Bike Shop, then head to Moab Mountain Bike Instruction for two-day camps or private lessons taught by renowned instructors. You’ll learn bike- handling skills like cornering, braking and how to ride up and down ledges. Start the day practicing in a custom-built park, then get a guided tour of some of Moab’s best trails, including Slickrock, Captain Ahab and Porcupine Rim.
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