Kids Shredding Singletrack (AKA Youth Mountain Bike Skills clinic)

Reminder: Please register by May 1st. We will be riding at Esposito Pump Track on Thursday May 2nd at 7pm. The pump track session will be for introductions, to make sure everyone has completed their paperwork and to provide an overview of our goals for KSS…and to ride our bikes after a long winter!

It’s almost time!! Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) is about to start our second season.
KSS is a weekly mountain bike skills clinic for 11 to 16 year old youth.

We will have 6 weekly sessions, starting Tuesday May 7, ending June 11.  The sessions start at 6:45 will last approximately 90 minutes.

A typical session will include a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then the kids will be divided into groups to ride the Hiawatha trails.  We will stop at features where they can practice and develop their skills.  The focus will be on fun, but there will also be some learning going on!

Parents are welcome to ride along and, depending on the number of participants, might be asked to perform a “sweeper” role, trailing one of the groups and assisting the instructor/leader as needed.

To participate, your child will need to:

  • be a member of the Sault Cycling Club ($15 for youths, $70 for a family membership), register here: Join our Club
  • have access to a mountain bike in good repair and
  • wear a helmet.

Kids will need to be fit and motivated enough to ride between 6 and 10 km of single track trail in an outing.

The focus will be on introducing the kids to fun and safe mountain biking.  The environment will be non-competitive and kids won’t be pressured to try any skill outside their comfort zone.  One of our volunteers is a photographer so we will try to provide a complimentary digital photo of each rider shredding single track and learning a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the KSS Bike Check Form.   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by May 1, 2019.

There will be a welcome session and bike check on Thursday May 2, starting at 7pm, at the Esposito Park Pump Track.  We will ride the pump track and warm up our riding muscles (and make sure we have all of our paper work completed!).

Sean, Andre and I can hardly wait for our weekly rides!

If you have questions send me an email:  Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Categories MTB

Kids Shredding Singletrack (AKA Youth Mountain Bike Skills clinic)

Are your kids hounding you to ride the trails?  Are they surpassing your ability to keep up?  Are they keen to explore new trails?  to improve their skills?

Kids Shredding Singletrack is a weekly mountain bike skills clinic for 11 to 16 year old youth.  Sault Cycling Club ran their inaugural Kids Shredding Singletrack (KSS) sessions in June of last year.   The response was so positive that we’re at it again for a second season.

We will have 6 weekly sessions, starting Tuesday May 7, ending June 11.  The sessions start at 6:45 will last approximately 90 minutes.

A typical session will include a brief discussion and demonstration of a skill or technique, then the kids will be divided into groups to ride the Hiawatha trails.  We will stop at features where they can practice and develop the night’s featured skills.  The focus will be on fun, but there will also be some learning going on!

The instructors/leaders include a mix of certified and non-certified riders.  All are experienced mountain bikers who love the trails and teaching others about them.

Parents are welcome to ride along and, depending on the number of participants, might be asked to perform a “sweeper” role, trailing one of the groups and assisting the instructor/leader as needed.

To participate, your child will need to:

  • be a member of the Sault Cycling Club ($15 for youths, $70 for a family membership), register here: Join our Club
  • have access to a mountain bike in good repair and
  • wear a helmet.

Kids will need to be fit and motivated enough to ride between 6 and 10 km of single track trail in an outing.

The focus will be on introducing the kids to fun and safe mountain biking.  The environment will be non-competitive and kids won’t be pressured to try any skill outside their comfort zone.  One of our volunteers is a photographer so we will try to provide a complimentary digital photos of each rider shredding single track and learning a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please complete the KSS Registration Form and the completed KSS Bike Check Form.   Send these to Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca by May 1, 2019.

There will be a welcome session and bike check on Thursday May 2, starting at 7pm, at the Esposito Park Pump Track.  We will ride the pump track and warm up our riding muscles (and make sure we have all of our paper work completed!).

Sean, Andre and I can hardly wait for our weekly rides!

If you have questions send me an email:  Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

Categories MTB

Trail Inspection Workshop

Come out and learn what goes in to keeping our trails in top condition.

We will teach you our inspection process, including how to plan an inspection, what to look for, what to document, remediation recommendations, photography tips and how to complete an inspection report.  The inspection techniques and approaches are applicable to all natural surface trails (e.g., bike trails, hiking trails).

Even if you don’t plan to do a formal inspection, the techniques will help you recognize and report trail issues.  Good reporting helps us to ensure the sustainability of our trails.  Good reporting is also important to maintaining good relations with our landowners.

This workshop is free for Sault Cycling Club members and just $10 for non-members.   Members and Non-Members must register by April 13th (to give me time to print materials).

Register at the following links:

Members Registration                                      Non-Members Registration

If you have questions send me an email:  Peter@SaultCyclingClub.ca

 

Where’s Farmer Lake?

Farmer Lake Trail Proposal Map

Some people have asked “Where is Farmer Lake?, I’ve never heard of it!”

Hopefully, Farmer Lake is the location of the Sault’s newest trail network.

Come out and see detailed maps and provide your comments on Thursday March 21 from 5-7pm.  If you can’t come down on Thursday, you can still provide your comments and indications of support to Travis Anderson, Project Manager at FutureSSM (t.anderson@cityssm.on.ca).

Public Open House details:

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Civic Centre – 3rd Floor Russ Ramsay Room
Address: 99 Foster Drive

We need your support!

Farmer Lake Trail Proposal Poster

Mark you calendars.  Thursday March 21 from 5-7pm is a public open house on the Proposed Farmer Lake Mountain Bike Trail Network.  Come on out and show your support for new trails in the Sault!  It doesn’t have to take long.  We will have some information posters, maps and comment sheets.  Stop by for 5 min or an hour (we love to talk trails), but do stop by to show your support.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Civic Centre – 3rd Floor Russ Ramsay Room
Address: 99 Foster Drive

FutureSSM has been working hard with the Sault Cycling Club and Tourism SSM on a proposal to develop approximately 15 km of new mountain bike trail.  The new trail will be purpose built for mountain biking.  Although purpose-built for mountain biking, this trail will be a multi-use trail system open to all human-powered users. Besides mountain bikers, trail users could include runners, hikers, and dog walkers in the summer months, and fat biking, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing in the winter months.