The Singletrack Flyers youth mountain biking initiative focuses on teaching young riders how to ride safely, advance their skills on a mountain bike, the importance of trail stewardship, and most importantly how to have FUN on our local trails. We have several incredible trail networks here in our backyard that allow for riders to progress from strider bikes all the way to full suspension rigs and beyond. We believe in sharing these trail resources with all trail users – especially our kids. Encouraging children to take up mountain biking benefits their bodies and minds now and into the future, establishing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
We believe that in order to build and maintain sustainable singletrack trails in the Keweenaw Peninsula, we have to develop the next generation of mountain bikers right here at home. These passionate young riders will grow up to be advocates for trail development throughout their lives, creating a positive feedback loop that will benefit everyone in our community. Our all-volunteer organization brings together parents and community members to offer exciting programs for kids of all ages so that they, too, can experience the excitement of riding through the Keweenaw's forests.
Once per week (Monday evening) between June 13 and July 25, 2022 we'll meet at a local trail system for guided group rides, split into similarly-skilled mini-groups led by adult coaches. Many of of our leaders are certified cycling instructors and are prepared to lead our groups through instructive lessons no matter the age that they're working with. Skills training is perfectly balanced with for-fun riding so that nobody gets bored or overwhelmed. We'll try to keep kids moving as much as possible, both to burn off some youthful energy and keep the bugs at bay. Groups are assigned ahead of time based on age, skills, and interests, and each team is color-coded to make finding your coach as easy as possible.
Example Groups and Skills:
- Early Riders – We'll work on body position, braking, terrain awareness, and simplified cornering.
- Little Rippers – Kids will continue to focus on the basics and will add in gear changes and other factors.
- Rippers – These riders will advance their braking and cornering techniques, shifting/cadence, and climbing/descending.
Note: Kids under 13-years-old can ride for free at Michigan Tech. Adults must purchase a trail pass. Daily trail passes can usually be purchased at the trailhead (look for a donation-type box). Michigan Tech seasonal/yearly trail passes can be purchased at the Nordic Club office (in the wax building) or at the ticket office at the SDC. Trail passes for Maasto Hiihto and Swedetown Trails can be purchased online using the following LINK.