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Spring Loppet Trail Kids Mountain Bikers Are Rolling!

This article was posted on Friday, May 6, 2016

Over 50 youth are participating in the Loppet Trail Kids Spring Mountain Bike Program which kicked off at the end of April at Wirth Beach. The program was launched with two “Test Drive” events for kids to get a sample of what Trail Kids mountain biking is all about.

April 27th was our Spring Test Drive and Penn Cycle Safety Bike event. The weather was a bit wet, but we were surprised at how many kids still came out to ride! The kids learned about the ABC safety bike check – Air pressure in tires, Brakes, and Creeks along with the importance of taking care of their bikes. The coaches led the youth through different stations where they practiced biking skills.

Girls Mountain Bike Clinic was a Huge Success!

April 30th was our first Annual Girls Mountain Bike Clinic held at Wirh Beach. We had over 40 girls attend along with 15 coaches who led various mountain bike skills stations that included a bike safety check up, mount and dismount skills, riding with vision, slalom course, cornering, shifting, attack position and descending/climbing skills. The session ended with some refreshments while the youth listened to a few local women mountain bike stars share how mountain biking has helped them in all areas of their life.

View more Girls Mountain Bike Clinic photos.

Mountain biking is a great vehicle to get kids active and outdoors and I have been excited to see the growth in Loppet Trail Kids (previously known at FAST KIDS) spring and summer programs over the last few years.

One of the highlights of my job as the Director of Loppet Trail Kids is to get emails from parents with encouraging comments like the one below:
“I just wanted to let you know that [my son] has so far LOVED his two days of Trail Kids! Thank you for offering something different (than traditional sports opportunities) for the kids.”

Learn more about Spring and Summer Loppet Trail Kids Programs.