By Nicole Trigg
The Columbia Valley Cycling Society is kicking off the month of October with an action-packed day tomorrow (Saturday, October 4th).
One of the valleys most well-loved and well-used trails has seen a lot of bike traffic this past summer. As a result, the society has organized a trail maintenance session for the Kloosifer Trail starting at 9 a.m. Anyone who wants to give back to the trail by helping fix it up is encouraged to meet at the Lake Lillian parking area near the trail, where they will receive instructions on exactly what needs to be done.
Tools will be there; the cycling society does have a tool trailer, said Darcy Martin, group ride leader and cycling club member. But if volunteers have some tools that they think are suitable then they can certainly bring them.
A few hours later, the cycling club will also be leading a group ride as part of the international celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, which is supported by the Canadian office of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA Canada) and officially held on the first Saturday of October.
IMBA has been doing this for a few years, but this is the first year weve just decided to do it in conjunction with their planned event, Darcy said.
The youth mountain biking event is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., with the Lake Lillian parking lot once again serving as the meeting place. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and everybody is asked to bring their bike, helmet, and a positive attitude.
The trail is an easy-to-moderate 2.5-kilometre double track trail that will take the average child 20 to 45 minutes to complete. While the group ride is targeted at young riders aged six to 16, the trail is also suitable for chariots carrying younger kids.
The idea is that when the trail maintenance is done, the bike ride will be done around the same time, and were having a barbecue after the events at the Lake Lillian Recreation Area, Darcy said.
The free barbecue, sponsored by the cycling club, is for all trail maintenance volunteers and family mountain bikers. Theres no need to bring anything just show up, said Darcy.
For more information on the Columbia Valley Cycling Society and the planned trail maintenance, contact Darcy at 250-688-0110. To learn more about Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, visit www.imbacanada.com/kids.