Saturday was one of our local riding club’s (Club Scrub) semi-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. The club hosted approximately 115 children and their families, many of whom were first-time riders, at the free event. Riders and volunteers alike had a fantastic, fun-filled day.
Several local bike shops took advantage of sponsorship opportunities and were on hand to support the event. Some shops provided demo bikes for riders who either didn’t have bikes, or perhaps wanted to take a newer/different model for a spin. Participating vendors included: Beyond Bikes, Bicyclery, Bicycle World, Bike America, The Bike Shop, J-Town Bikes, Riders Only, Tri Bike Run and Village Bike and Paddle. In addition to bicycles, riding apparel and gear donated by area bike shops, area businesses also donated a plethora of items for the club’s raffle. Dozens of happy children went home with items scored in the raffle.
Club volunteers guided children and adventurous parents on a 1.4 mile segment of some of south Florida’s best single track. Several photographers were on hand to capture images of the memorable day. Following the guided trail rides, lunch and Italian ice were served to hungry volunteers, riders and their family members.
Riders, if you’re ever afforded an opportunity to volunteer, in any capacity, for a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event in your community, I urge you to do so. Whether you are a trail guide, seller of raffle tickets, food server, set up and clean up person, DJ, or perhaps one of the most important volunteers of all—someone who toils to maintain the trails, not only will you benefit potential new riders by sharing your skills, tips, labor and expertise, you yourself will benefit exponentially from the experience. Seeing the smiles and sheer joy on a child’s face as they’re ripping down a trail for the first time is a sight you’ll not soon forget. And, remember, if we’re successful in teaching these kiddos to shred, they’ll be the ones behind us on the trail one day shouting, “Rider back. On your left.”