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Take Your Kids Mountain Biking

National Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day is on October 6, and this year the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to stage an event on the Echo Ridge trails near Chelan.

The idea?  Expose kids of all ages and abilities to mountain biking. Ride with other kids to make the day more fun. Let the peer pressure of other kids being present keep your kid from whining. Do this on trails where kids will succeed rather than come back bloodied. Use a pretty venue so some residual 'WOW' factor is remembered. Provide all of this at the right price -- is free cheap enough?.

This is the first year the event has been staged locally so event sponsors don't know what to expect when it comes to numbers. They do know, however, how the day will be structured. Kids will be divided into groups by ability, then two adult trip leaders will hit a trail (or dirt road) of appropriate difficulty with each group.

This year all participants need to bring their own bikes. Nothing fancy required but bikes should have fattish tires and multiple gears. Parents can tag along if they wish... or they can ride other trails in the area for an hour at their own pace. We recommend you seek out a little alone time - not only will it be good for you but, because other kids will be present, your kid will have to buck up and actually ride uphill without whining. That's a big win-win.

After the ride comes the mandatory reward - food. A simple barbecue and the ability to pack down more calories than were expended follows the ride-- nothing like bribery to make sure the whole experience is remembered fondly and that your kid will bug you to hit the trail again.


 Details, Details: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Where: Echo Ridge Trails, Chelan, WA
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bring: bike, helmet, appropriate clothing

Map of Trails: Echo Ridge Bike Map

Contact Paul Willard at the Chelan Ranger District at pwillard@fs.fed.us or (509) 699-9690 for more information about the event.

Click here for the flier about the event.