Kids MTB Oakridge Day Returns
June 9, 2013
9AM – 3PM
Greenwaters Park, Oakridge
Guided rides, skills clinics, shuttles, races, food, hikes, ecology and trailbuilding will all be a part of this day of youth centric mountain biking.
And it’s free!
This is a fun-filled youth and family event. Families are encouraged to participate.
Bicycles and transportation provided by Trips for Kids-CAT and Oregon Adventures.
Space is limited, so register now!
Springtime has Arrived
It’s been a good month. The Banff film festival was a blast and TFK-CAT started the trail riding near home – Ridgeline/Mt. Baldy.
Stay tuned for more
Bike Movie Matinee: Premium Rush
at The David Minor Theater
More mountain bikes = more kids out on the trails … and that’s exactly what the Bike Movie Matinee brought us for the new year.
Trips for Kids-CAT’s first fundraising event brought us a good amount of money, news coverage from KEZI, and a lot of fun. Check-out the photos in the TFK-CAT gallery.
Including the money contributed from all of you at the event, a contribution from the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards’ Youth Fund, and a generous donation from a fellow mountain biker, we’ll have at least $1500 going toward mountain bikes.
The movie was great, but the raffle made it even better. High praise to our sponsors that contributed a great number of valuable raffle prizes. Thank-you:
- Life Cycle Bike Shop
- Blue Heron Bicycles
- Willamette Mercantile
- Cascade Cream Puff
- Oregon Adventures
- Hutch’s Bicycles
- Dianne Davis LMT
- Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life
- Play it Again Sports
- Rolf Prima
- TrackTown Pizza
As an extra bonus, the winner of the Diamondback Octane 24 and Specialized Youth Flash Helmet both contributed their winning prizes to TFK-CAT.
2013 is going to be a good year
Kids MTB Oakridge Day #2!
Over 60 youth joined us for an awesome day of hitting all kinds of trails, with all kinds of skills and abilities for our 3rd Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge Day.
The food was great, the skills clinics were awesome, and the raffle was the perfect way to end it. A big thank-you to REI, Paul’s Bicycle Shop, and Sheila Moon for contibuting so much outdoor and cycling gear for the kids.
The Grand Prize
The grand prize thanks goes to Life Cycle Bike Shop for donating the Jamis X1 Trail Mountain Bike.
And the grand prize victory went to Charlie – a mountain biker with skills that get him down the trail faster than most adults. Of course he was excited to win a new mountain bike, but the look that surrounded the moment showed it was fun for everyone.
Back to School MTB Trip
The theme was Back to School, but we didn’t spend the day in the classroom. We were out riding bikes on the trail and playing on the river rocks. Ophelia’s Place and TFK-CAT held our 7th All Girls Trip and it was a glorious one along the Salmon Creek Trail…
Mountain Bike Camping Adventure!
Our first overnight trip was a big success. A great number of youth and adults, sunshine, trails, and an adventurous spirit all came together for a great adventure … with many more ahead of us.
Take a look at the photos here.
Mountain Bike Rodeo Success
Trips for Kids-CAT celebration of a donation of 21 mountain bikes from Team Michigan in coordination with Dick’s Sporting Goods was a great success. Check out the media coverage :
June was Youth MTB Month
June was a MTB filled month with Kids MTB Oakridge Day, our 6th All Girls Trip, Kid’s Aventure Club’s Bike Day, Kidical Mass Camping, the Y-Quest MTB Trip with YMCA, and more.
A picture says a thousand words, so check it all out on our gallery
None of this would’ve been possible without our volunteers. A big thanks to all of them … and of course the youth groups, donors, and all the youth that joined us.
Bring on July’s summer skies
Kids’ Mountain Bike Oakridge, 2012
Kids’ MTB Oakridge was a great success. Over 40 youth and as many adults showed up for a sunny day of guided rides, skills clinics, shuttles, food, and nature outings.
Check out the pictures at the gallery.
Didn’t make it? No problem.
Sign-up now for Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge, September 23rd.
Kids’ Adventure Day
June 2nd was Kids’ Adventure Club‘s family cycling day.
Thanks to Kelly, the kids were able to have some crazy adventures on an awesome bicycle course. Bowling with bikes was a big part of the day. And the event couldn’t have been complete without teaching bike repair, Safe Routes to School and Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS).
Check out the amazing pictures in our gallery.
Spencer Butte meets Flat Creek
The Spencer Butte Middle School (SBMS) joined us for TFK-CAT’s biggest trip yet. Over 30 youth and plenty of adults enjoyed The Flat Creek Trail. A big thanks to the Greater Oakridgre Area Trail Stewards (G.O.A.T.S) for recommending us and leading the way. A big thanks to Oregon Adventures for providing shuttle service free of charge. It could’t have been done without Steve of the Middle School. And of course, a huge thanks to Leo, Austin, Robert, and K.P. for leading the TFK-CAT way.
TFK-CAT joined the Disciples of Dirt and many other organizations for Ridgeline Celebration Day. It was a good day to spread the word of what we do, and get in some mountain biking while we were at it. Thanks Dan and Landen for representing us.
Volunteer Celebration Day
Volunteer Celebration was a big success – the natural result of great people, good food, and awesome drinks. A big thanks to New Frontier Market, Oakshire Brewery, and Laughing Planet Cafe for providing the good eats and drinks. And a special thanks to Nikki who provided the spanish-style casserole and chocolate chip cookies. James, our Assistant Director, jumped in to help make it all happen.
And a huge thanks to all the volunteers that help youth get off the street, off the couch, and into the wild.
We are looking for volunteers!
Trips for Kids-CAT is looking for volunteers to help get kids off the couch and into the woods.
In their own words!
I loved it!!
-AJ, age 12
On Saturday I went mountain biking and it was really cool because I have never been mountain biking before. I went on the first Trips for Kids-CAT (TFK-CAT) ride to Oakridge. We got there on a colorful bus. The Salmon creek trail is a National Forest trail for biking and hiking. We saw some hikers and one other mountain biker on the trial with us. We biked 11 miles but it went by faster than I thought because I was having so much fun. I don’t have my own mountain bike so TFK-CAT let me borrow a bike. They also let me borrow a helmet and they gave us food and water. My favorite part was going up and down the hills because it was like a roller coaster.
-Jat, age 13
I would suggest that you should go on a Trips For Kids ride. You learn about nature and have a blast riding in the mountains. The views are awesome and there are no honking cars, all you hear is the wildlife.
-Ben, age 18
Throughout the whole trip I was amazed at the beauty of the path and its surrounding area. I was quite happy with myself. On and on we pressed forward, over hills and down again, through the canopies made by trees and through fields. I would have to say it was a brilliant ride if there ever was one.
-Eli, age 17
“Trips For Kids operates under a special use permit with Willamette National Forest, and is an equal opportunity recreation service provider.”