9 experiences every mountain biker should have in 2014

Load your bikes on the trailer, hop on the truck, and you’re at the top in no time! Image copyright Greyskullduggery via Flickr

No longer solely the domain of the downhiller, an uplift day is something every mountain biker should experience this year.

Uplifts involve literally getting a lift up to the top of the trails, usually with you in a truck, and your bike strapped securely on a trailer at the back. The result is the chance to get lots of downhill runs in in one day out, plus the chat and banter in the truck on the way back up!

Most modern full-suspension bikes have good enough suspension to deal with a lot of DH tracks, which opens up a lot more riding opportunities too. Places like Bike Park Wales, One Giant Leap at Llangollen have uplift services, and also check out FlyUp Downhill.

Uplifts are perfect if you want a day to practice particular skills, if you just fancy riding downhill – or don’t fancy riding uphill!

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