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Camp Eagle was a beautiful location for the kick off of the first Kids Kup of the 2007-2008 series, made possible by generous support from REI and Shimano.
Coordinated by Texas Bicycle Coalition and Shimano Youth Series; the BikeTexas Kids Kup events were developed to inspire the next generation of mountain bike enthusiasts as well as introduce children to basic bicycle safety and handling skills. Each Kids Kup event coincides with a Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association (TMBRA) Series event.
At every Kid’s Kup event, Bill Payne, the coordinator of the event, presents a basic bike safety and handling skills demo. Camp Eagle also brought in a Naturalist and the children got to meet and learn about snakes, turtles and millipedes. The event was a success with 42 children riding the course.
Bill and Jacque Payne do a tremendous job putting together the Kids Kup. Their vast experience with bicycling guaranteed a good event. Shimano generously provides awards, tee-shirts and swag to all participants. Texas Bicycle Coalition’s Mark Stine and Brenda Chuleewah provide assistance, A-Z by Bike Safety Workbooks and safety bookmarks.
TBC staff have also helped at Fall 2007 Kid’s Kups races at Huntsville State Park, Palo Duro Canyon State Park and Lake Bryan. The last Kid’s Kup Race of 2007 will be held on November 10th at the Rock Hill Ranch near Smithville.
Directions to Rocky Hill Ranch:
On FM 153 about 2.5 miles east of the SH 71 interchange at Smithville. Travel past the entrance to Buescher State Park and it is about 2 miles down on the left, just before FM 153 starts to climb the hill.
Enter “Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, Texas 78957” in Google Maps and you will get a map of the location. Enter the same in Google Web and a couple dozen references in mountain bike web sites will appear, many with maps or directions.
BikeTexas Kids Kup 2007 Schedule