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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Becoming an adult can sometimes have an adverse effect on riding – if you pay rent, or a mortgage, you probably know what I’m talking about – responsibility kicks in, and sometimes ride time suffers – especially if you’re enjoying the bliss that is parenthood!
It was my first year with a little guy old enough to do anything close to what I’d call riding, and I’m lucky enough to have him want to take part – we got him a Hotwalk last year, and at 2 ½, he’s scooting around like a pro. (A fully un-biased parental opinion, to be sure!)
So, when IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day came around this year, and I discovered the event being held at Toro Park by the Monterey Off Road Cycling Association, there was nothing that would keep me away from a Father & Son day devoted to bikes!
Up ‘til that day, Emmett had tooled around the local sidewalks, and down the grassy hills in the parks of Morgan Hill. I honestly had no idea what to expect. I figured the 45-minute drive might eclipse his riding time, and he’d give into the allure of swingsets and slides before long.
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! From the second we got out of the car, he started screaming for his helmet (which he knows he can’t ride without!), then his bike, and he barely had enough patience to wait while I signed the registration forms and get his First Gear goody bag!
He then crossed the road to the skills part that MORCA volunteers had set up, and rode from 9:30 am to 1:30, only taking 30 minutes for lunch – well, SCOOTED, anyway. All he wanted to do was ride on the ladder bridges and log piles, non-stop! I literally had a hard time keeping up with him, and the only way I could have pried the grin off his face is if I took his Hotwalk away – and why would I go and do something like that?!?!
Thanks to First Gear, Specialized, and other local businesses, just about every kid received a draw-prize at the end of the day – and it took two days before Emmett was willing to part with his brand new mini hydration pack!
Sure, it’s difficult to fit riding in as a parent sometimes, but seeing how excited Emmett was about riding, and how that enthusiasm came home with him – to the point that we built a ladder bridge to play with in the backyard the next day – seeing kids get excited about riding is almost as great as riding!
Yes, it sounds cheesy, and it probably is – but I sincerely feel like Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day turned my 2 1/2 year old with a bike into a future cyclist!
Thanks MORCA, First Gear, Bobcat Bicycles, and everyone else who supported this event.
And to all you parents out there wishing you could ride more – get out to Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day next year – it will change how you and your family rides!