Kids get ac­tive, have a go at ride ad­ven­ture

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

Pic­ture: Damien Muller

Jensen Cald­well, 5, on the trial ride.

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