Kids get active, have a go at ride adventure
Local children of all abilities had the chance to get outdoors and active with mountain biking last Saturday for the Burrup Mountain Bike Club’s first Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
About 15 children, aged three-12 years, came along for the first-time event, which was run as part of new Statewide campaign Outdoors October from recreation group Outdoors WA.
Older participants were taken on a trial ride on the Dirtmasters Circuit at the back of Karratha Hill, with five coaches who helped introduce them to the rocky tracks and terrain, and some of the skills needed to handle obstacles including drop-offs, logs, steep ramps and even a railway sleeper.
Age proved no barrier as even three-year-olds who could not yet pedal got involved riding on balance bikes.
Club president Damien Muller said during the cooler months, the club ran Dirtmasters or juniors sessions every few weeks, but this was their first event aimed at inviting new members in the age bracket to have a go with guidance from coaches.
He said he was pleased at the turnout despite the hot weather, and the club planned to run other come-and-try events again in future.
“This is the first time we’ve been formally aligned with either Outdoors October or Mountain Bike Australia’s Come ‘N’ Try Days,” he said.
“We have done similar events for adults.”
Jensen Caldwell, 5, on the trial ride.