TO: Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd.; and its directors, officers, employees, agents, independent contractors, subcontractors, guides, representatives, successors, assigns, volunteers, sponsors, promoters, and advertisers (all of whom are hereafter collectively referred to as “THE RELEASEES".
In this Release Agreement, the terms “mountain biking” and “mountain biking trip” shall refer to and include all activities, events, services, or use of facilities provided, arranged, organized or conducted by the Releasees, including, but not limited to the following: mountain biking, hiking, transfers by motor vehicle, train, ski lift, use of roads and trails, and other such activities, events and services in any way connected with or related to those activities.
SAFETY AND MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS:
- I acknowledge that I have been advised to wear an approved helmet, knee pads and eye protection while mountain biking. I agree and acknowledge that it is my responsibility to ensure that my equipment is in good and safe working order. I agree to follow all other written and verbal trip safety rules presented to me by Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd.
- I acknowledge that Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd. reserves the right to make route, hotel and trip modifications as necessary or advisable to improve the trip quality and/or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.
- I acknowledge that Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd. reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any trip participant whose health or actions in Big Mountain Bike Adventures’ sole judgment impedes the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow participants.
- I understand the nature of the mountain biking trip and represent that I am qualified to participate in such activity. I further acknowledge and accept that it is my responsibility to consult with my own personal physician about my physical health, fitness, and ability to participate in the mountain biking trip and will do so before participating in the trip.
- I acknowledge that I have been advised to obtain medical, travel and trip cancellation insurance.
I hereby give permission to the Releasees to take photographic or video images of me and to publish the photographs and video for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes.
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MOUNTAIN BIKERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
- Common sense is one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice while on a Big Mountain trip. Know your limit and ride within it at all times. The following is Big Mountain’s responsibility code which we ask all participants to follow:
- Always ride well within your physical limits in case of situations like detours, variable weather and accidents where more energy than intended might be needed.
- Always ride in control and well within your ability level. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
- All riders must wear the appropriate helmet (or full-face) and gear (knee pads, gloves, armour).
- Inspect your bike daily while on the trip and have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before your trip.
- Stay on marked trails. Obey all signs and warnings. Do not cut switchbacks. Keep off closed areas.
- Avoid riders ahead of you. They have the right of way.
- Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, stay with your fellow rider.
- Do not ride your bike if drugs, alcohol, or fatigue impairs one’s ability.
- Do not feed, provoke, or approach wildlife.
MOUNTAIN BIKERS CHECKLIST:
The trails ridden with Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd. are rough and demanding on both the bike and the body. Before riding, always inspect your bike and equipment thoroughly and ask your guides for assistance if needed.
- Ensure that your helmet, gloves and protective eyewear is in good shape and properly fitted.
- Inspect bike frame and forks for cracks, damaged or dented areas.
- Ensure you have sufficient brake pad to stop your bike while descending.<
- Front and rear axles (quick-release skewers) should be tight.
- Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
- Check that your tires are in good condition with no tears or cuts in the sidewall.
- Handlebars and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin. Seat and seatpost need to be fastened securely.
ASSUMPTION OF RISKS
I FULLY UNDERSTAND that injuries are common and an expected part of mountain biking. Mountain biking with Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd. can take place on varied steep and rugged terrain and features that are both technically and physically challenging and will expose the rider to many dangers, hazards and risks. The risks associated with the mountain biking and the 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 or mountain bikers, 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, jumps and drops; varying visibility; fatigue; exhaustion; dehydration; heatstroke; hypothermia; high elevation; changing weather conditions, encounters with wildlife or other animals; risks associated with impure water and/or food; civil unrest, natural disasters, unpredictable weather, terrorism, criminal activity; stolen, lost, damaged or misplaced luggage or property. 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.
I ACKNOWLEDGE that (a) mountain biking is a dangerous sport in which I participate at my own risk; (b) the mountain biking trip involves risks and dangers of property damage, illness, serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death, (c) these risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the trip, the NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF BIG MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES LTD. OR THEIR STAFF INCLUDING THE FAILURE ON THE PART OF BIG MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURES LTD. OR THEIR STAFF TO SAFEGUARD OR PROTECT ME FROM THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS OF THE MOUNTAIN BIKING TRIP, or the condition in which the trip takes place. I am aware that Big Mountain Bike Adventures Ltd. mountain biking trips may take place in regions and countries where the medical facilities, supplies and services may not be easily accessible or adequate and where safety and other standards, facilities, and infrastructure are basic and/or inferior.