It’s with that in mind that they’re preparing to once again hold their Learn2MTB – or Learn to Mountain Bike – riding course for youngsters of all ages beginning May 4.
“That’s something we do every year, it’s a chance to teach the kids some basic abilities, give them a chance to get out on a bike and on the trails and teach them how to do it safely,” said Pavers club president Rob Walcer.
“I think it’s a great thing, too, it gives parents confidence to know that their child is out riding and they know a bit about what they’re doing and they’re safe out there.”
The course – geared toward riders eight and older who are able to ride their bike – will take place every Saturday through May and June and is conducted by Pavers member Pierre Brassard, a NCCP certified mountain bike coach.
“He guides the kids and gives them some great instruction, working on the different aspects like ‘here’s what’s coming up on the trail, how can we ride this and do it in a safe manner,’” Walcer explained.
The start time is 10 a.m. and will run for about an hour, with the first date this year set for May 4. Riders will meet in the Wakamow Valley parking area on Seventh Avenue SW, with the course taking place on the trails throughout the valley proper. All riders must have a helmet and a bike in good working order.
The cost of the program is $15, with $5 going back to the Wakamow Valley Authority for trail maintenance. All participants must also be members of the Moose Jaw Pavers and the Saskatchewan Cycling Association.