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Bike jam spreads kids over Mt Vic hills

May 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport


ON YOUR MARKS: Kids line up for the start of the Meridian Kids Bike Jam.

SUNDAY’S weather started wet and damp, but that didn’t stop about 450 kids and their parents turning up for the fifth Wellington Meridian Kids Bike Jam at Mount Victoria.

Starting at the Hataitai velodrome, it followed established MTB tracks with children of all ages enjoying the challenge.

The weather cheered up throughout the morning, as did the children, enjoying themselves on specially constructed skills courses, and other activities set up for the day.

National co-ordinator and owner of the event, Jill Ford from Newtown, says she was nervous that the kids might find the main event course too hard, with a steep climb involved.

“If kids haven’t gone up-hill before, then any hill can be steep,” she says.

However all the riders made it round the course, with only about six of them having to visit St. John for cuts and bruises.

They all received medals and a goody pack for finishing.

Other competitors also won spot prizes, including a $500 hamper from sponsor Meridian Energy, and a brand new mountain bike from sponsor Avanti bikes.

Overall success of the day will be judged later from online feedback from the parents of the kids.

Ms Ford says it has taken nine months of hard work and preparation to organise the seven national bike jam events, but she loves doing it as she’s passionate about the sport of mountain biking.

“This is a good way of promoting the sport around the whole country”.

Jill and her daughter regularly ride the hills around Wellington in their spare time.

Help with organisation on the day came from  Hutt Valley Mountain Bike Club members.

About 3500 to 3700 kids turn up annually at all the events around the country.

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