I am in Canada right now and was due to ride off road in Banff but talked myself out of it after speaking to an expert in the information centre!
I figured that my brother (the now local) who apart from the fact isn't experienced off road, well......he's no bear expert either and I didn't fancy dying! Those of you that know me know I shriek a fair bit and would assume that my noise would scare the bear off.....that might be so but I sure as hell wasn't going to take that risk, especially after reading that they can run as fast as a race horse both up and down hill
So instead I am hitting a DH trail tomorrow as it's the safer option, or is it?!!