Saturday, October 5, was designated by IMBA to be Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. TAKMBD events were held all over the country, including locally here in St. Charles, MO. It's never worked out for me to take Jacob (and he's never shown any interest), but this year he miraculously had no sports scheduled for the day and was interested in going.
It was fun to pull up at the park and see lots of bike friends there volunteering or with their kids: Sarah and Luke, Jim and Wendy, Dave/Jim and his daughter Amber, Chris and her son...and whoever else I'm not thinking of now. The kids all got nice swag bags with a water bottle, a raffle ticket, some cool IMBA stickers, and a kids' Clif bar, then there were mechanics to do a safety check on the bikes. Once that was done, the kids had a series of stations (manned by volunteers) where they could practice various handling skills.
Jacob wasn't all that excited about the skills stations; he just wanted to do the trail ride.
|Weaving in and out of "trees" - no problem!|
The section below was "fun". On his first try, he rode off the board and was near tears. I pointed out quietly that no one else was clearing it on their first try either and he eventually took another go at it with a longer start before hitting the board. He made it a little further before slipping off again. Finally on the third attempt he cleared the board, visibly proud and relieved.
Even though his momma gets nervous every time she rides on a bridge, Jacob had no fear riding over the practice ones at the park.
|Teeter totter action|
Eventually, the sky started clouding over and sprinkling, so Jacob and I did our own ride so he didn't miss out on the one part he really wanted to do. Even though Broemmelsiek's trails are considered beginner-friendly, I was a little worried as we rode onto the rocky terrain. I shouldn't have been. After a slightly shaky start, he did great, riding gravel creek crossings and some dips that made him nervous. Better than that, he had a blast!
|Approaching a creek crossing|
|Took the turn a bit wide...the scenic route|