With the conclusion of the Fall Series, BikeTexas has just wrapped up the 12th year of the BikeTexas KidsKup. The BikeTexas KidsKup is a family oriented program and it is a great way to introduce kids to bicycle safety and handling skills in a fun off road environment. This year was the best year ever. BikeTexas KidsKup had over 400 kids participate in 12 races in the Spring and Fall Series of 2011. Boys and girls of all ages put on their helmets and rode whatever wheels they had: tricycles, scootbikes, bikes with training wheels, single-speed kick brake bikes, and even a few bikes with gears and disc brakes! Whatever the ride, everyone had fun and received goodie bags including Clif bars, water bottles, stickers, safety materials with videos, and shiny Shimano medals for their participation. At the BikeTexas KidsKup, everyone is a champion!
The next KidsKup race will be held on February 10, 2012 in conjunction with the TMBRA Warda Race in Warda, TX, with several more Kids Kup events following in the Spring 2012 series.
This program is funded by TxDOT under the Safe Routes To School (Public Information & Education) Program. All courses are challenging but fun for kids of any skill level. The youngest participant ever was 18 months old. The oldest allowed are 12 years old. BikeTexas Program Manager Fernando Martinez and Program Assistant and pro racer Rick Wetherald manage each event and engage kids and parents in bicycle skills and safety. The BikeTexas KidsKup is always held on the Saturday before TMBRA races, and is always free (although sometimes a park fee applies). Each event includes a short safety clinic with helmet and fun demonstration, followed by the everyone’s-a-winner racing.
BikeTexas would like to thank all of the BikeTexas Kids Kup sponsors: Shimano, Clif Bar, Park Tool, Bicycle Sport Shop, and Finish Line. As well, all the parents deserve a great thank you for bringing their kids to be part of these events, and for making donations to ensure this program continues to run for years to come. Without their help BikeTexas could not have such a great events!
Come out and join us for the BikeTexas Kids Kup Spring Series starting in February 2012 and let’s have some more fun!!!
Please watch the video below to see how much fun all this kids are having during our races.
BikeTexas KidsKup Huntsville race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCTAKEOAl7s
Pace Bend KidsKup race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYb36pstFX8