Pedal power

Helen Kinuthia provides the inspiration for getting into Mountain Biking as well as some top tips for beginners

Pedal PowerMountain biking (MTB) is one of the fastest-growing sports in Africa. And it’s not surprising! The landscape here lends itself to fantastic riding. Kenya has varied terrain, beautiful landscapes and it is all so untouched. Getting out on the bike is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a great day out with the whole family, with friends or even on your own. For those who are more competitive, there are numerous events to take part in all over the world.

There are multiple disciplines of MTB, from downhill riding to endurance cross-country riding – there is something for everyone!

Why ride? For fun and excitement that is in tune with your natural surroundings yet within easy reach of your doorstep, MTB is hard to beat! Getting involved in this ever-growing community will not only improve your social life but also make you fitter and enhance your general well-being.

If you want something more adrenalin-pumping, then try riding down a rocky hill at 60km/hour through bends and over jumps!

Gear you need
There are a few pieces of essential gear that will make your ride more comfortable and also keep you safe. We recommend you don’t leave the house without the following:

  • helmet (this is a MUST)
  • shorts
  • waterproof jacket
  •  gloves l sunglasses
  • sun cream and lip salve
  • water bottle

Tips for beginners
l Don’t think too much about it. Mountain biking is exhilarating, but the technical aspect can be daunting at first. l Keep it simple. Start small – plan a short distance over an hour or so and build it up over time. l Look before you leap. If there is a section of trail you are unsure about, don’t be afraid to get off your bike and walk. l Practise! The more you get on the bike, the more confident you become and you will find your technical skills get better quickly!