Always wear a helmet
Be prepared with additional safety gear: gloves, glasses, and extra clothes to match the weather
Be prepared with a working bike and perform an ABCDE bike check (Air, Brakes, Chain, Derailleur, Everything Else)
Ride within your limits
Ride with someone else in isolated areas
Never use any performance enhancing drug described in the NICA Handbook: https://www.nationalmtb.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/UT-2021-Handbook.pdf
Plan ahead and let your family or caregivers know where you are going and when you plan to return
Avoid contact with wildlife
Understand the dangers of the native plants and avoid poisonous plants, stay on the trail
Be prepared with the water, food, and clothing that you need to complete the ride
Come to practice with a clean and well-maintained bike
Be accountable for your actions and choices
Never consume alcohol or use any illegal drugs
Ride only on designated and legal trails and routes
Follow additional rules that may be associated with team’s school or league affiliations
Respect coaches, teammates, competitors, trail users and other community members
Treat everyone with dignity and respect
Avoid language and actions that may be perceived as bullying or harassment.
Be inclusive and welcoming to new athletes, coaches, competitors, and other trail users
Use appropriate language
Move aside to allow others to pass you safely.
Announce your passing, intention, and specify the passing side.
Do your best when racing or riding my bike.
Ride with courtesy at races, at practice, and in the community.
Seek consent before touching, hugging and otherwise embracing teammates and coaches.
Slow down when approaching other trail users
Provide right of way to pedestrians and equestrians and stop and ask for passing instructions from equestrians.
Leave no trace or trash on the trail.
Ride on trails when the weather and surface conditions will not cause damage.
Perform trail maintenance on trails only with full permission and permits from the land owner/manager.