Singletrack Flyers 2021

Mon June 14 - Mon July 26
We're creating the next generation of riders!

Singletrack Flyers (pedaling)

6:00PM EDT - 7:15PM EDT

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 14 and July 26, 2021 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.

Unfortunately, this year we will not be offering our in-person strider program due to the challenge of social distancing our youngest riders.  This year's program is open to children who are comfortable pedaling independently on a 2 wheeled bike with no training wheels up to age 13.  If you are interested in a virtual option, please contact us for more information.  We'd be happy to share info with you on how to get your child up and running at home and on the trail.

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.  Per Michigan Tech facility regulations, face coverings are required at all times. Please note there are no provisions for medical intolerance reasons or medical waivers to avoid the mask requirement.  Trail users are required to fill out the Daily Symptom Tracking Form before arriving at each week's Michigan Tech ride.  Riders should avoid sharing water bottles and strive to maintain social distance at all times.

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