If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to drag your son or daughter onto the trails for the first time, the International Mountain Bike Association has got you covered. Their annual (albeit still youthful) Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Spring Event is held on the second Saturday of June, which means that this year on 11th June 2016 you can expect to find mountain trails and bike centres even more packed out than normal. The second event of the year will be held on October 1st.
Although most events so far have taken place in the USA (probably because that’s where the IMBA is headquartered – Boulder, Colorado to be precise), ride-outs have also been organised as far afield as Australia, Canada, Mexico and South Africa, to name just a few participating countries.
So What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day?
The whole point of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is to get children more involved in the sport, whether they’re complete newbies to riding or are already bitten by the bug. There’s no requirement to take them on something technical, and events range from easy family bike rides to challenging singletracks and enduros.
An interactive map on the IMBA website shows where planned events are going to be held and includes useful contact and signup info.
Register Your Event for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
If America is a little too far to travel, why not plan your own event and sign up to participate. The IMBA website provides all the links and information you need to join as well as great guidance on how to publicise your event and get people involved. With so much going on in the world of mountain biking just now, this is the perfect time to introduce the next generation of riders to the sport.
Let’s spread the word and make #TKMBD an annual event for us all!