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.
|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 Racks, Finish Line, Feedback Sports, and Jenson USA.
Take a kid mountain biking. It just might make their day, and yours.