This past weekend, we had the pleasure to visit Surrey, BC, where the Surrey Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (SORCE), call home. Before arriving, we wondered what this large, but relatively flat city situated south-east of Vancouver would have to offer. Most input we received from others (upon mentioning our next visit) was that Surrey had lots of farmland, but had little to offer in the way of riding.
There are a myriad of kid friendly events happening across Canada every day!
With the generous support of MEC, our Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day coordinator Deanne Lazaruk has been able to put together an interactive map that links you directly to events happening across Canada so it's easier for you to find out more information on the events near you.
We are encouraging clubs, groups, event planners to get in touch with us with your event information so that we can add it to our map. Check back often as we will be posting events on a regular basis.
Last year we had the chance to visit two National Historic Sites in the Sault Ste. Marie region of central Ontario. In our blog, we contemplated the value of trails taking us places - not just for recreation, but to cultural and historical destinations.
IMBA Canada believes that Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day can be much more than just one day on the calendar each year. To achieve this goal, we’ve partnered with Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) for 2013! Together we intend to make each and every day Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.
Getting kids on bikes and out on the trails has been a passion of mine for over ten years. Shortly after I began riding, I volunteered to help out with the Kids of Mud program in my hometown of Winnipeg, MB. Twice a week I had myself a fun group of kids to teach about riding and racing. Being able to share my knowledge and passion for the sport with the kids is such an inspiration to me that no matter where I go, my goal is to continue to help get kids on bikes.
Since I was headed over to Vancouver for the 2013 Vancouver Bike Show, I took the opportunity to pay our friends at Mountain Equipment Co-op head office a visit.
Like many of our partners we spend most of our time exchanging emails and chatting over conference calls, but it's great to be able to meet face to face over lunch or coffee and talk about adventures and topics not laid out in advance.
Martin Littlejohn of the Mountain Bike Tourism Association hosted our third conference call last night for the committee members. Discussions ranged from budget, program to speakers, and of course beer. There are lots of details to sort through but as a committee member I have a pretty easy job compared to what Martin is dealing with.
Expect a full range of tourism related breakout sessions, trail workshops, guided rides and lots of networking to help your communities economic potential.