How to Develop and Implement Mountain Bike Clinics

Part 1: Presented by Lynne Kunins and Jennifer Hoffman Jones, Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (Florida, USA).

  • Educate, create access and effect change
  • Focus on school break camps and school trips
  • Partner with other youth services for funding and as a means of connecting with children in need. Examples: boys and girls clubs and the United Way
  • Create focused activities to touch upon various educational moments. This prevents boredom.
  • Think of including things beyond just the bike: creative corner, environmental education and nutritional education in addition to mountain biking.
  • Suggested ratio of 4 kids to 1 adult.
  • Collect data: pre-ride test and post-ride test. You only need 5 simple questions to gauge the impact of the program.
  • Leave room for unstructured activity within the structure. Have options for the children to choose from.

High School Cycling Leagues

Part 2: Presented by Austin McInerny, Steve Messer and Matt Gunnel, NICA/CORBA (California, USA).

  • NICA’s goal is full participation: everyone rides, everyone races.
  • Focus on healthy bodies, healthy minds. Important to refer to the kids as student athletes, not just athletes. School comes first.
  • NICA-trained and licensed coaches create the network. They are mentors, role models and youth developers first, athletic trainers second.
  • An dnd-of-season survey shows that family riding increases through participation. The kids get their parents into it.
  • The NICA league in SoCal has grown from 87 riders/14 teams in 2009 to 322 riders/26 teams in 2012. Expect to pass 400 riders in the 2013 season.
  • The league is not a trail advocacy organization, but recognizes the need to engage the students and the community in caring for trails.
  • The opportunity is there to introduce the stewardship ethic, especially since most high school riders are new to the sport and take the NICA culture seriously.
  • NICA SoCal is getting the racers involved in trail stewardship by partnering with IMBA Chapters, which can provide a ready-made framework for students to obtain service hours.
  • The IMBA Chapter benefits by expanding their messaging, expanding their volunteer base, growing general support for mountain biking, etc.
  • Mountain biking requires 3 things: bike, body and trails. All three need regular maintenance.
  • High school community service hours can be signed of on by a non-profit (IMBA Chapter).
  • By engaging the students in preserving and protecting the places they play, they better understand community connectivity.

Strider Bikes: Are we one generation away from the death of bicycling?

Part 3: Presented by Kent Jacobs, Strider Sports International (South Dakota, USA).

  • 60 million parents are NOT introducing their children to cycling
  • Kids are active in playing organized sports, but are not active in their transportation. Kids used to ride to their soccer games, school, friends’ houses, etc.
  • Kids are learning to ride later in life than in the past.
  • 2 million kids will turn two in the U.S. in 2012. 16 million kids in the U.S. are under the age of 5.
  • The bicycle adventure doesn’t require a trail, but has an important nature component and allows kids to choose their own adventure. Their experience shapes their memories.
  • You don’t actually need “specific” trails for young kids, but challenges should be appropriate.

Resource from the IMBA 2012 World Summit