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Just as high school mountain biking leagues are gearing up across the country, an elementary school in Lake Placid, NY will become one of the first to offer a mountain bike program for 3rd through 5th graders. The school’s PE teacher, Matt Young, has been working with others to write up grant proposals and create an MTB curriculum in time for a spring launch.

The school will purchase 21 bikes from Rocky Mountain Bicycles and local bike shops are offering discounted helmets and safety equipment for the program. The class will last 3 weeks and will take advantage of the beginner mountain bike trails around the Lake Placid area.

By now we all know the benefits to mountain biking: it’s good exercise, it teaches confidence, and it’s a great way to stay fit and active. With programs like this and IMBA’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day,” the sport should continue to grow and become even more accessible. Who knows, maybe this elementary school program will inspire kids to get their parents into mountain biking!

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  • AK_Dan

    Nice! Love to see them mountain biking but really just keeping kids active is the real benifit here.

  • ChiliPepper

    Exceptional program to bring to our younger generation. Need this in more schools across the nation, and hopefully some of the bike manufacturers will jump on this wagon and help out, even if they are just loaners.

  • AK_Dan

    “…hopefully some of the bike manufacturers will jump on this wagon and help out, even if they are just loaners.”- we can only hope!

  • ChiliPepper

    If there is a will, which there is always, then there will always be a way my friend. All we can do is hope, yes, but just a bit of hope and will goes a long way if it is pursued. If the bike manufactures looked at it in a business way, they would only gain from such a move. This would by far bring more business to them. I will say, this article has given me a few ideals to mind, because I am always happy to see the little kids and groms shredding it up and with a wide smiling grin. I especially like to see the families out and about spending time together. A good healthy cause in my book! Yes my friend, we can only hope.

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