Lake County High School north parking lot: October 3, 2015, 10am-2pm
Bike Rodeo and Group Rides to single track! Great raffle prizes and give-aways!
We need volunteers to help! Sign up here to teach kids how to ride safely in town, lead a group ride on the trails, or help at one of our Bike Rodeo stations.
Read more about IMBAs Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day October 3
More About TFK:
Trips for Kids Leadville sponsors mountain bike rides for 4th-8th grade students.
We teach kids how to ride safely and develop technical biking skills and knowledge of bike maintenance. Trips for Kids Leadville is a community effort that gets kids out riding with the help of Lake County School District, the Cloud City Wheelers, Full Circle of Lake County, our local bike shop Cycles of Life, and volunteers who share their time, passion and knowledge.
For Fall 2015 there will be 5-6th grade Bike Club on Wednesdays and 7-8th grade Bike Club on Thursdays.
Trips for Kids Leadville is a member of Trips for Kids® International a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips for Kids (TFK®) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
Highlights from our 2014 Season
GPS Tracking on our Mineral Belt Trail: During one of our rides on the Mineral Belt Trail, we used a GPS unit to track our elevation gain, speed and distance. 6th graders were learning about ratios in math, so we talked about ratios in our ride and how gear ratios work.
Pumptrack Skill Building: Another great day was spent at our local pump track and a newly completed skate and bike park. The boys especially loved learning how to do “sick” tricks, wheelies, etc. All of the riders showed great improvement going over obstacles, cornering and riding over small drops.
LCHS Mountain Bike Team: One of the most memorable rides was that our high school mountain bike race team came and coached our 5th and 6th grade riders. The Cloud City Wheelers had just completed a new trail at Colorado Mountain College and the high school riders each took 2 of our kids out on the trail. After the trail ride, we staged some short field day-style races on a nearby field.
Winter Conditions: In classic Leadville style, on one of our last rides, we set our on our Mineral Belt Trail in sunshine. A winter storm swept in, and an hour later we were riding home in snow. We finished the day by watching a film about the Leadville 100: Race Across the Sky
Safe Routes to School: Bike Club members practiced riding safely on roads. We talked about biking to school and volunteered for a local community coalition. Students used GPS trackers to take geo-located photos. These were incorporated into a community project to improve Leadville’s biking and walking infrastructure.
Cycles of Life Sponsorship: Our local bike shop, Cycles of Life, donated helmets to many of our riders. After one ride, we stopped by the bike shop and Brian showed everyone some basics of bike maintenance and how they can keep their bikes running smoothly. Cycles of Life is now doing complete tune-ups on all our bikes so we’ll be ready to roll when the snow melts in 2015!
Trips for Kids Leadville is run by Erin Allaman. If you would like to learn more, volunteer or join, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our Trips for Kids International Sponsors and are proud to be working in partnership with these companies. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing their business whenever possible.
We partner with the Lake County Schools District Project Dream to run a fall season of weekly rides based out of Lake County Intermediate School. Project Dream has also provided significant support to maintain our fleet of bikes.
Full Circle of Lake County provides organizational support and also incorporates bike riding into their after school and summer programs.