A little bit late in posting this post-event write-up, but better late than never!
First off, a huge thanks and kudos goes out to Jason Moore for organizing and staffing the entire event!
So if you are at all familiar with Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day you are probably asking yourself why is he writing about it in June. Doesn’t it usually occur in the Fall in October? Well the answer is yes, and no. This year and in the future IMBA will now host a day both in the Fall and Spring. The second Saturday in June is now the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress. I think this includes the new hashtag #TKMDB.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day here is a summary:
IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) events range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA clubs and chapters, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, scouts and community groups are encouraged to host events. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. (More information can be found here: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
REI was kind enough to donate a set of adult and kids helmets for riders to take home. They also had a bike mechanic donate his time if anyone needed fine tuning on their bike (air in tires, chain oiled, etc…) Bici Centro and the Bicycle Coalition donated bikes as well. Many children went home with new bikes and helmets!
Very opposite of the weather we are having this week it was overcast and foggy. It was a heavy fog that I later learned was actually classified as “rain.” We got 0.01 inches of rain that day! Woohoo! A total of about 12 kids and their parents participated in the event at Lake Los Carneros. The day started off with a brief safety talk by Jason Moore followed by a short ride into the meadow where Jason proceeded to give lessons on how to properly ride a mountain bike and bikes in general.
Once finished with bicycle handling lessons we regrouped at the start and proceeded to do our first circle of the lake. Everyone was excited and had a lot of fun riding the trails at Lake Los Carneros. The day was a complete success with lots of riding and happy kids excited to go on their next ride.