Bay kids getting on their bikes

Bay of Plenty’s Chloe Anne Mears can’t wait to get out onto the trails on her own new mountain bike.

“It’s really great to get a new bike. We’ve been riding a lot of the Whakarewarewa trails so I’m looking forward to hitting them on my new bike,” says Chloe from Rotorua.

Chloe is one of eight lucky Rotorua children cruising around town sporting smiles after being gifted brand new mountain bikes as part of a local Share The Ride initiative held at last week’s Crankworx event.

The eight lucky ones (aged 12-17) were of course also given a flash helmet to go with their bike, and for the past three-weeks Mountain Bike Rotorua has taken the new riders out on the tracks to teach them the necessary skills.

Share the Ride began with the world’s largest action sport website, Pinkbike, and aims to get kids on bikes in 13 locations around the world so they can ride to school, around on their street and of course, learn how to wheelie.

The three-week course included eight sessions for two hours covering bike maintenance, safe and savvy riding skills and getting familiar with the dirt-gold trails. 

Mountain Bike Rotorua and Sport Bay of Plenty brought this initiative to Crankworx Rotorua 2016 last week.

Share The Ride Rotorua leader, Mark Leishman says it turned into a great experience, allowing the team to share their mountain biking passion and experience with the new riders.

“Most importantly they shared fun and laughter and got to experience and appreciate the amazing Rotorua trails.

“Even in a place like Rotorua, where ‘everyone mountain bikes’, it’s easily missed that the demographic enjoying the experience is often quite narrow.

“Share the ride allowed us to reach out further into the biking community, sharing the simple pleasures mountain biking can provide and cultivating growth at the real grassroots.”

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