Summit Bike Club wraps up season
Are you 9-22 years old? Ever wanted to give mountain biking a try, work on bike skills, or improve your racing technique, speed and endurance? If so, you may want to consider joining Summit Bike Club!
The club, founded just a few years ago in 2012, had an amazing turnout this summer with over 60 members in its Devo and Introduction to Racing programs. This was the first year the Introduction to Racing program has taken place and it was a huge success. The Intro program focused on coaching 9-13 year olds with previous riding experience who were interested in improving their mountain bike skills and learning basic racing technique.
The club met weekly from May through August at different trail systems in the Park City area. Practices typically began with a skills demonstration, then moved out to the trails to put what was learned into use and wrapped up with a bike game. It was really impressive to see kids improve over the summer and become more confident riders.
Highlights from the season included trying to decipher between four different riders named Aiden, attempting to exhaust the kids after their 7 p.m. Shot Blok break sugar rush, catching mad air over jumps at Trailside Bike Park, dodging evening thunderstorms and piling into the coaches’ cars and obtaining several podiums and top-10 finishes at Mountain Bike Nationals.
In addition to the Summit Bike Club programs, the club also helped put on the under-12 kids race at the Midweek Mountain Bike Series. There were consistently over 20 kids of all ages racing. From toddlers on push-bikes to older kids just getting into racing, the level of up-and-coming talent we have in Utah is incredible.
Of course, the season would not have been possible without the support of member’s families, sponsors including Tim Dahle Nissan and Cannondale and the Mountain Trails Foundation for giving us such a great place to ride.
Next season, the club is expanding with three programs for different age groups and experience levels with locations in Park City, Salt Lake City, Utah Valley, Ogden and St. George.
The Club program is designed for athletes ages 10-13 who are interested in being introduced to racing with previous riding experience and comfort riding beginner to intermediate trails. This program is based in Park City with other regions possible.
The Devo program is designed for athletes ages 14+ who desire further skills development and are confident on intermediate to advanced trails. This program will have practice location options in Park City/SLC, Utah Valley, Ogden and St. George.
No matter your age, experience and interest level, there is a spot for you with Summit Bike Club. You can check out our website at http://www.summitbikeclub.org for more information. We look forward to having you join us next season!
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