Discover Kids’ bike series: second race this Saturday

August 10, 2005

The second of two kids’ mountain bike races in the Discover Kid’s Mt. Bike Series, will be this Saturday, August 13 at Hood River Valley High School. The first annual Discover Kid’s Series is geared towards kids ages 4-11. Registration will open at 9 a.m. at HRVHS, with racing kicking off at 10 a.m. The races will be followed by the first club meeting for the Discover Kid’s Bike Club.

“With Lance Armstrong’s success in the Tour de France and the unprecedented increase in popularity with the sport, we felt now was a good time to launch a kids’ program in Hood River,” said Chad Sperry, event director for the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. “For the past two years we have run a kids “road” race during the stage four downtown criterium at the Mt. Cycling Classic and we thought it would be good to branch out for a kid-specific mountain bike race series”.

Kids will be split up into separate age categories, with race courses appropriate for different riding abilities. The cost of the race will be $5 for children 8-11 years old and free to the 4-7 year-olds. Kids will receive a ribbon and water bottle, race prizes provided by G. Williker’s, and everyone can enjoy a picnic lunch after the race. Parents or guardians are required to sign a release so please plan to attend with your child.

After the races, Discover Bicycles will launch its new kid’s cycling club with their first club meeting. The Discover Kid’s Cycling Club will focus on recreational riding and racing for boys and girls ages 5 – 12, of all riding abilities. The Discover Kids, Bike Club will offer a great way for kids to get out on their bikes and master the skills for riding the trails, hitting the parks, or just pedaling around with friends. The club will: take lessons from local pro riders, learn bicycle safety and bike maintenance, participate in local fun rides, and race throughout the year.

Cycling is a great low-impact sport that allows children to gain fitness and acquire balance without damaging their growing bodies. Members of the Discover Kid’s Club will receive a Club T-shirt, news letters and information on cycling events in their area, and be eligible to attend clinics put on by local cycling pros and receive discounts on their favorite cycling gear at Discover Bicycles.

For more information on the club or the Discover Kid’s Mt. Bike Series, stop by Discover Bicycles and ask for Julie Wilson.

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