“Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”

Take a kid mountain biking whenever you can. It just might make their day, and yours

 

By Dave Wiens, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association

 

We asked mountain bikers why they like to ride with kids, and heard: “It’s so fun watching my daughter’s skills grow.” “The look of pride when my son cleans a new feature.” “They are sponges and learn so quickly, they aren’t scared.” “Having something in our family that keeps them wanting to hang out with us forever!”

I’ll never forget our family mountain bike rides. Every ride saw something new, unexpected or hilarious— usually all three! Of course, we rode the trails near home in Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado. And, the boys still bring up family trips. In St. George, Utah, the twins had a sit-down strike at the base of a steep hill. On the Flume Trail high above Lake Tahoe, California, Cooper’s head looked like a tomato that was about to explode. No matter the crankiness while cranking the pedals uphill, there were ear-to-ear grins when gravity was on our side. The boys are 21 and 23 now, and those downhill smiles are what Susan and I remember most.

Saturday, October 2nd, was the 17th annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. IMBA Local Partners are hosting local rides and virtual events throughout October to encourage kids and families to enjoy the trails. Since 2004, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day has introduced hundreds of thousands of kids to the joy of mountain biking—the joy that keeps us all riding. Take a kid mountain biking and you’ll be rewarded with smiles for miles. Share those smiles on social media with the hashtag #TKMBD.

 

Plus, registered event participants will qualify to win one of ten prize packages featuring kids bikes from Marin and Prevelo; kids hydration packs from Osprey; and goodies to keep the whole family tuned up and rolling from Küat RacksFinish LineFeedback Sports, and Jenson USA.

Take a kid mountain biking. It just might make their day, and yours. 

 

(Thank you to photographers Eric Arce, Devon Balet, and Korey Hopkins for your talents and for your support of IMBA.)

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