Friday, September 30, 2011

Take A Kid For A Ride

Tomorrow is IMBA's International Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. This day celebrates the life of Jack Doub,an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age but passed away in 2002. Mountain bike clubs and other organizations all over the world will be having events to get kids out on bikes, and to "share the love of pedaling with someone smaller than you." Here in Charlotte, we will be hosting one of these events.

Our local clubs the Tarheel Trailblazers and the Dirt Divas along with REI and Trips For Kids will be hosting our own event on one of our local trails. Tomorrow morning we'll head out to Colonel Francis Beatty Park at 8:00 a.m. to meet up with tons of mountain bikers big and small to ride through the woods, socialize, and have a cookout. If you're local to the area, come on out and support us. We'll need volunteers to ride with the kids and to help them tackle all the features on the trail.

This is way bigger than our usual kids rides. This is the third year in a row that we've teamed up with REI and Trips for Kids, and it has turned out to be an awesome event. I've said it before (and I'll say it again), getting the little ones out on the trail is the greatest thing in the world. These kids really are our future, so we've got to make sure they fall in love with this sport like we have. If you're outside of the local area, you can probably still find an event to attend.

Check out your local mountain bike club, or go to IMBA and look for an event near you. I hope to see you there!

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