Registration opens today for our Intro to Mountain Biking program in partnership with the City of Clemson Parks and Rec department. We could not be more excited as we anticipate meeting new kids and watching them acquire a new skill set that will last a lifetime. We are passionate about bikes for dozens of reasons, but here are a few of our favorites:
- Biking, like swimming or running, is a lifer sport. For youth, the adventure sports hold great appeal and longevity. Once you learn the basic skills, you have everything you need to continue the sport for as long as you like.
- For the average recreational rider, the entry cost for biking is relatively low when compared to expenses related to other athletic endeavors. Plus, with a bike you get the added bonus of a transportation resource to school, employments, or social events. Not only are bikes incredible social equalizers, they are also infrastructure solutions for communities small in land mass with growing populations (looking at you, Clemson, SC!)
- We all know that the benefits of fitness for school age kids include increased fitness and academic achievement as well as occupying the social “danger hours” between 3:00 and 7:00 PM. What you may not know is that, by in large, adventure sports are also as safe or safer than traditional rec league sports. Yep! Fewer injuries per 100,000 kids participating.
- Biking offers the same benefits as other forms of exercise in regulating emotions. In our group rides and instruction, we also stress the merits of trip awareness and tuning in to the experiences of others around you to increase safety and offer support and encouragement.
Sessions start next month. We look forward to growing the number of skilled, empowered, connected youth riders in our incredible community!!
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