RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT

ACCEPTANCE OF RISK

Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous activity and involves risks and dangers of property damage, illness, serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis and death. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all inherent risks. Risks associated with mountain biking and mountain biking trips include, by way of example and not limitation, the following: the use of chairlifts, gondolas, trams and trains, collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, vehicles, fixed or moving objects; falls; loss of balance, high speed descents, rapid, or uncontrolled acceleration on hills and inclines, difficulty or inability to control one’s speed and direction, becoming lost or separated from the guides or other participants; equipment failures and malfunctions; failure to negotiate obstacles and hazards, both marked and unmarked, including roots, logs, ruts, holes, potholes, rocks, stones, sand, gravel, mud, water, cliffs, oil and/or other objects on the ground or in the trail, variations or steepness in terrain; slippery terrain, constructed features such as bridges, ramps, ladders, bumps, berms and drops; varying visibility; fatigue; exhaustion; dehydration; heatstroke; hypothermia; high altitude; varying weather conditions, encounters with wild or other animals. I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that unknown or unanticipated risks may result in property damage, illness, injury or death.

YOU ARE ABOUT TO TAKE PART IN A HIGH RISK ACTIVITY. YOU WILL MINIMISE THIS RISK BY FOLLOWING THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE IN THE MOUNTAIN BIKER’S RESPONSIBILITY CODE AND THE MOUNTAIN BIKER’S CHECKLIST.  IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE SAFETY RULES AND ADVICE YOU INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT WHICH COULD BE FATAL.

MOUNTAIN BIKER’S RESPONSIBILITY CODE

  • Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic. Hire bikes are assessed by a qualified mechanic prior to being hired but please make sure that you follow the Mountain Biker’s Checklist for your own safety (please request a copy if you are not familiar with it), and assess your bike before riding.
  • Always carry a mobile phone with an ICE (in case of emergency) number installed and make sure it is charged before you leave the accommodation. If in need of assistance contact the safety officer or dial 144 in an emergency. If you have called an ambulance please inform a Pure MTB representative so we can assist in guiding them to you.
  • Stay in control at all times. It is your responsibility to avoid crashing into other riders and objects around you. Ride within your limits. Know when to get off and walk if the trail becomes to steep and/or technical.
  • Be respectful and aware of other riders varying skill levels, relax and have fun.
  • Do not stop on the trail. Pull off the trail in a safe place if you need to stop for any reason.
  • When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and give way to other riders coming down the trail.
  • Trail conditions change with the seasons and the weather; mountain biking is an all-weather sport but respect the added challenge and risk that rain, ice, snow, mud, dust and wind can pose to you. If it is windy, do not attempt jumps; keep both wheels on the ground.
  • If a rider is hurt, do not move them, notify the safety officer immediately.
  • Keep off closed trails and forest areas and obey all signs and warnings.
  • Stay on marked trails only. Do not cut switchbacks, or modify trails.
  • Respect your environment; take your litter home with you!
  • Be friendly, courteous and respectful to your fellow riders, poor conduct will not be tolerated.
  • Please be aware of and courteous to walkers, horse riders and other trail users groups. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Do your best to warn other trail users with a friendly greeting or bell.
  • Do not scare animals – Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. Never approach animals unannounced and take special care with trail users on horseback or with cattle in pastures.
  • Please help us maintain the trails. If you see a problem on the trails report it to us.
  • Know your limits! If you are tired, take a break. Keep your body hydrated.

MOUNTAIN BIKER’S CHECKLIST

  • Check your helmet and safety gear for cracks and damage, and make sure it is properly fitted before each ride.
  • Carefully inspect your bicycle before each ride for cracks and damaged areas.
  • Ensure that your brakes are working properly and that you have sufficient brake pads for the entire length of the ride.
  • Check that your wheels are properly fitted and tightened to your frame and fork.
  • Check that your handlebars, grips, stem, seat post, saddle, and headset are properly tightened with no free-play or ability to spin.
  • Check that your tires are in good condition with no tears or cuts or abrasions in the sidewall and that rims show no cracks or signs of weakness and all spokes are tight and intact and that they are properly inflated.
  • Check that your front and rear axles (quick release or bolt through type) are be tight.
  • Check that your seat and seatpost are fastened securely.
  • Check that your suspension is in good working order with no leaks or loose parts.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your equipment is fit for purpose.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK STATEMENT

  • I acknowledge that mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport in which I participate at my own risk.
  • I understand that injuries are a common and expected part of mountain biking.
  • I understand that mountain biking activities will take place on steep and rugged terrain which includes substantial obstacles and features that are both technically and physically challenging and will expose the rider/participant to many dangers, hazards and risks. I accept that there is a risk of serious injury and death when undertaking such activities. I acknowledge that these risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of other rider/participants.
  • I understand that I must wear a helmet at all times and that eye protection, body armour and gloves are recommended.
  • I agree that I will follow the Mountain Biker’s Responsibility Code at all times.
  • I agree to check my bike and equipment as per the Mountain Biker’s Checklist at the start of the day, before each stage run and after any crash.
  • In the unlikely event of an accident, or loss or damage to my personal effects, I acknowledge that the company, its sponsors and any associated parties will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury arising from or in connection with the Activities (except for death or Personal Injury caused by the Company’s negligence).
  • I certify that to the best of my knowledge I do not have a medical condition which might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an incident which could result in injury to myself or to others.