Don't miss our kids mountain bike program beginning Sunday, September 11. We'd love to introduce you and your children to our growing network of local trails. Kids love challenge! Come on out, and see what we're about.
Please print the registration form and fill it out for the first Sunday. It is page three of the document.
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We will be hosting a free kids mountain bike program at Valley Spur. The program is 6 consecutive Sundays from 2-3:30pm. Topics include trail etiquette, riding techniques, safety, bike maintenance. The final week will be a kids race. Intended for kids 5-18 years old. A limited number of kids bikes will be available to use for the program. Helmets will be provided and those who attend four of six sessions will be able to keep them. Parents are encouraged to participate too. Please RSVP via the Facebook page so we can prepare accordingly.
Dear MBTN “Trail Kids” mountain bike Participant & Family:
Welcome to the 2016 Munising Bay Trail Network, Inc. “Trail Kids” youth mountain bike program. We are looking forward to working with your child over the six (6) week course. We anticipate your child will find the rides to be fun as well as educational. This letter outlines the program we have put in place for this year and should also answer some basic questions you may have.
Schedule and Locations
September 11th Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm
September 18th Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm
September 25th Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm
October 2nd Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm
October 9th Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm
October 16th Valley Spur 2:00 – 3:30 pm Youth Race
Each weeks session willbegin at 1:45 with the distribution of helmets for any child that does not currently own one. We also have a limited supply of bikes for use by any child who does not own their own. Parents not taking part in bike rides are expected to be at the lodge by 3:15 to assist their child with return of helmets and / or bikes.
Cost of Program:
The program is free of charge for children age five (5) thru eighteen (18). The program includes coaching on bike technique / trail etiquette / care of your bike / bike safety.
Group Assignments and Coaches
Your child will be placed in a specific riding group depending on their level of experience. It is our intent to have two coaches assigned each session to work/ride along with each group. Group assignments will be available to you following the first session so that you are aware of the names of your child’s coach. Please contact your group coaches with specific questions about the sessions.
Your participation is encouraged. You are invited to come ride along on any or all rides.
Weather and Cancellations
We will cancel any session due to predication of heavy rain or thunderstorms. There will not be make up sessions. We will post on the MBTN Facebook Page with cancellations. You can also call the lodge the day of class for an update on weather conditions and class status. Lodge phone number is 387-4918.
Equipment and Clothing
MBTN Equipment is handed out on a first come first served basis. It is your responsibility to arrive in adequate time to check out equipment and be prepared to start class on time. Rides/training sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. We ask that you arrive between 1:30 – 1:45 for this purpose. Parents are responsible to return helmets/bikes or any other borrowed equipment at the end of each session.
Dress appropriate for the weather and provide your child with a water bottle.
Year End Event:
The coaches have planned a youth bike race for the final day of class, Sunday October 16th followed by pizza and awards. The event will encompass trails at Valley Spur. Additional information will be provided as the date gets closer.
Parent Tips when Riding with Kids
Valley Spur bike trails are a great place to start kids biking and to learn some technique fundamentals. Getting out on the trails with your kids outside of these sessions is even better. Here are a few tips for getting out and enjoying mountain biking with your kids:
Keep distances and degree of difficulty manageable for everyone when deciding on which trails to ride.
Build confidence – don’t turn it into an ordeal, especially the first time out.
Bring drinks/snacks (chocolate or oranges will usually get a few extra k’s out of anyone)
Keep focus on fun
Keep up the variety and try out new trails in the area
Check out some bike racing events (locally or televised) – catch the excitement.
TRAINING SESSION REGISTRATION & WAIVER:
Please find the Bike Program registration form and waiver attached. The registration form and waiver must be completed, signed and returned prior to your child’s participation.