On October 3, 2015, the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) is encouraging communities in the USA and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids for the 12th anniversary of ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’. The first Saturday in October 2015 is the official ride date designated by the U.S. Congress.
Actual events for ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’ will take place that range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the United States. There were also several registered countries that included Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico.
Mountain biking is gaining momentum as a great outdoor sport to get your kids involved in. In Utah alone, the Utah High School Cycling League shattered records in 2015 as the largest league in the nation in the four short years of being a NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) league. The Junior Development races saw well over 340+ beginner mountain bikers taking on their first taste of mountain bike racing. The events, people and energy make for a fantastic experience for all riders.
Find a ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’ event near you, and if there isn’t one, just participate by taking your kids out on a trail nearby that you can find on Mountain Bike Project. Make sure you have your helmets, proper footwear, food and water. Don’t forget your bike essentials such as extra tubes, pump, tire levers and a multi-tool in case you need to make minor repairs along the trail. Remember to get some great photos and post on social media with #TKMBD to share your mountain biking day with other participants.