1-10-2017: About an inch of snow overnight; more lake effect snow forecast with strong NW winds. Dan is out grooming. Fresh snow in classic tracks and skate deck will be very good with hard base underneath. jg
Munising Bay Trail Network has plenty of bikes to borrow if you and your kids want to be involved in lessons coming up. Instructions start September 10th at 2 pm ... See MoreSee Less
The new bikes for the kids to ride at Valley Spur are on the way. It should be a great outing next Sunday, bring the family out and have fun.#freebikelessons #valleyspurmountainbiketrails#munisingbaytrailnetwork
The kid's mountain biking lnstructional is starting soon. Here is the information. ... See MoreSee Less
Trail Kids - MTB Instructional
September 10, 2017, 2:00pm - October 15, 2017, 2:30pm
Welcome to the 2017 Munising Bay Trail Network, Inc. “Trail Kids” youth mountain bike program. We are looking forward to working with your child over the six (6) week course. We anticipate your child will find the rides to be fun as well as educational. This letter outlines the program we have put in place for this year and should also answer some basic questions you may have. We hope you can attend as many of these programs as you can!
Lessons run from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. Location will be communicated for each week on this event page. Helmet distribution will begin at 1:45 for any child that does not currently own one. We have a supply of bikes for use by any child who does not own their own. We have smaller bikes from last year and 24 total!! Parents not taking part in bike rides are expected to be at the lodge by 3:15 to assist their child with return of helmets and / or bikes.
Cost of Program:
The program is free of charge for children age five (5) thru eighteen (18). The program includes coaching on bike technique / trail etiquette / care of your bike / bike safety.
Group Assignments and Coaches
Your child will be placed in a specific riding group depending on their level of experience. It is our intent to have two coaches assigned each session to work/ride along with each group. Group assignments will be available to you following the first session so that you are aware of the names of your child’s coach. Please contact your group coaches with specific questions about the sessions.
Your participation is encouraged. You are invited to come ride along on any or all rides. New this year we have a couple of tow behind bikes if you have a younger child that is not quite ready to take off on their own but may want to ride behind and assist with pedaling.
Weather and Cancellations
We will cancel any session due to predication of heavy rain or thunderstorms. There will not be make up sessions. We will post on the MBTN Facebook Page with cancellations. You can also call the lodge the day of class for an update on weather conditions and class status. Lodge phone number is 387-4918.
Equipment and Clothing
MBTN Equipment is handed out on a first come first served basis. It is your responsibility to arrive in adequate time to check out equipment and be prepared to start class on time. Rides/training sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. We ask that you arrive between 1:30 – 1:45 for this purpose. Parents are responsible to return helmets/bikes or any other borrowed equipment at the end of each session.
Dress appropriate for the weather and provide your child with a water bottle.
Year End Event:
A group cookout (hotdogs and s’mores) will take place at Valley Spur after the final lesson on October 15th.
Parent Tips when Riding with Kids
Valley Spur bike trails are a great place to start kids biking and to learn some technique fundamentals. Getting out on the trails with your kids outside of these sessions is even better. Here are a few tips for getting out and enjoying mountain biking with your kids:
Keep distances and degree of difficulty manageable for everyone when deciding on which trails to ride.
Build confidence – don’t turn it into an ordeal, especially the first time out.
Bring drinks/snacks (chocolate or oranges will usually get a few extra k’s out of anyone)
Keep focus on fun
Keep up the variety and try out new trails in the area
Check out some bike racing events (locally or televised) – catch the excitement.