Mountain Bike Adventures for Kids


Kids MTB Oakridge Day

Oct 5th, 9AM – 4PM
GreenWaters Park, Oakridge.

June’s event was a blast – sun shining, awesome trails, and great people.

So let’s do it again.

Join TFK-CAT, Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS), Disciples of Dirt, Oregon Adventures and the Fat 55 Mountain Bike Marathon for the Autumn Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge! Guided rides, pump track, skills clinics, shuttles, food, ecology and trail-building will all be a part of this day of youth centric mountain biking.

And it’s free!

This is a fun-filled youth and family event. Families are encouraged to participate.

Bicycles and transportation provided by Trips for Kids-CAT and Oregon Adventures.

Register here

and we’ll see you there :)

 


All Girls Bike Trip June 2014

The girls had an awesome time biking along The Willamette. What started with rain, turned into sunshine.

A big thank-you to Bagel Sphere for contributing the delicious lunch for the middle of the day meal.

And cheers to Michelle and Carly for leading their 1st TFK-CAT bike trip. Many more to follow :)

Check out the pics in the gallery.


Kalapuya High School

A day with little sun wasn’t going to slow us down.

Add clouds, a little bit of rain, and the hearty spirit of Kalapuya High School students, and you’re bound to have an adventurous trip

fast paced and fun, regardless of the sun.

Ride on.


Whitman College Crew

Our first trip of the year was with the Whitman College Crew.  A great group of students spending their spring break in the local area doing thing such as exploring Eugene, working on trails with Greater Oakridge Trail Stewards (GOATS), and riding Oakridge trails with Trips for Kids-CAT.

A big thanks to Michelle for setting it all up :)

Check out the awesome pics in the gallery.


BackCountry Film Festival

Winter wonderland inspiration was had by all at The BackCountry Film Festival.  We had a good turnout of participants, great movie, and awesome auction/raffle prizes all in a great location – Oakshire Brewing Public House.

As if that wasn’t enough, all the raised funds are for local youth winter adventures provided by Trips for Kids-CAT (TFK-CAT) and Educational Recreational Adventures (ERA).

A big thanks to all participants and sponsors … and volunteers for helping make it all happen.  An especially big thanks to Oakshire Brewing – they didn’t only provide the location, but added a portion of sales, and played a fundamental role in organizing the event.

Backcountry sponsors getting youth off the street, off the couch, and into the wild:


Take a Kid MTB Day

We could not name any 1 highlight, because the whole day was a highlight. Perfect combo of sunshine, fall colors, awesome alpine trail, and a good group of people.

Check out the pics in the gallery.


Kids MTB Oakridge Day, Sept 2013

Our 5th Kids MTB Oakridge Day was a big success. If you were there, nothing more needs to be said. If not, join us next year :). In the meantime, check out a few pics in the gallery.

 


City of Eugene’s Sunday Streets

Watch this video – awesome bike skills for someone only a couple weeks away from 4 years old.

For one Sunday, the City of Eugene shutdown downtown streets.

Downtown was a great place for a bike obstacle rodeo course and bicycle bowling.

Check out the gallery for more

 


Willamalane Camp Two50

Another great group from Willamalane.

20 youth joined us for an awesome day on the trail and in the water.

<style=”text-align: center;”> Many more sunny days and trail rides are ahead of us.

Check out the gallery for more

 


All Girls Trip, 2013

Not our first All Girls Trip with Ophelia’s Place, but our first on the Willamette River right here in Eugene.

<pstyle=”text-align: center;”>Sun, water, and bikes guarantee a great time.

Check out the gallery for more


Kids MTB Oakridge Day, June 2013

Another awesome Kids MTB Oakridge Day. Lots of youth, families, guides, trails, sunshine, and fun. Pictures (and video) speak a thousand words, so check out the gallery for more.


NW Youth Corps Adventure

Not surprisingly, the Northwest Youth Corps turned out to be the fastest, most adventurous group yet. They took a day out from a week-long camp trip to join Landen, Austin, and John for an awesome adventure. The sunny day was perfect for a trail ride, crazy rock jumps, and letting go of the rope swing for a jump into the water.

Check out the gallery for more

 


Friends of Forest Oakridge Trails Club Day

The next weekend, the Friends of Forest Oakridge Family Trails Club teamed up with us and the Dirt Dojo to introduce local Oakridge families to the joy of mountain biking. Participants spent Friday learning basic body positioning and balance, riding from Greenwaters Park to the Diamond View Pumptrack, and practicing new skills. Saturday, the group rode up Salmon Creek Trail. A big thanks to the ride leaders that made it happen – Michelle, Matt, Eugene and Erika..

Check out the gallery for more

 


Springtime has Arrived

It’s been a good month. The Banff film festival was a blast and TFK-CAT started the trail riding near home – Ridgeline/Mt. Baldy.

Stay tuned for more


 

Bike Movie Matinee: Premium Rush

at The David Minor Theater

More mountain bikes = more kids out on the trails … and that’s exactly what the Bike Movie Matinee brought us for the new year.

Trips for Kids-CAT’s first fundraising event brought us a good amount of money, news coverage from KEZI, and a lot of fun.  Check-out the photos in the TFK-CAT gallery.

Including the money contributed from all of you at the event, a contribution from the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards’ Youth Fund, and a generous donation from a fellow mountain biker, we’ll have at least $1500 going toward mountain bikes.

A big thanks to GOATS, Disciples of Dirt, The David Minor Theater, and Jim Davis for being coordinators of the event with TFK-CAT.

The movie was great, but the raffle made it even better.  High praise to our sponsors that contributed a great number of valuable raffle prizes.  Thank-you:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an extra bonus, the winner of the Diamondback Octane 24 and Specialized Youth Flash Helmet both contributed their winning prizes to TFK-CAT.

2013 is going to be a good year :)

 


Kids MTB Oakridge Day #2!

September 23rd

 Over 60 youth joined us for an awesome day of hitting all kinds of trails, with all kinds of skills and abilities for our 3rd Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge Day.

The food was great, the skills clinics were awesome, and the raffle was the perfect way to end it. A big thank-you to REI, Paul’s Bicycle Shop, and Sheila Moon for contibuting so much outdoor and cycling gear for the kids.

The Grand Prize

The grand prize thanks goes to Life Cycle Bike Shop for donating the Jamis X1 Trail Mountain Bike. 


And the grand prize victory went to Charlie – a mountain biker with skills that get him down the trail faster than most adults.  Of course he was excited to win a new mountain bike, but the look that surrounded the moment showed it was fun for everyone.

A big thanks to GOATS, Life Cycle and all the other shops, to the trail guides, Oregon Adventures, and everyone else that made this the one of the highlights of the season.


Back to School MTB Trip

The theme was Back to School, but we didn’t spend the day in the classroom. We were out riding bikes on the trail and playing on the river rocks. Ophelia’s Place and TFK-CAT held our 7th All Girls Trip and it was a glorious one along the Salmon Creek Trail…

A big thanks to The Kiva and Bagel Sphere for providing an abundance of awesome food.


Mountain Bike Camping Adventure!

Our first overnight trip was a big success. A great number of youth and adults, sunshine, trails, and an adventurous spirit all came together for a great adventure … with many more ahead of us.

A big thanks to REI, The New Frontier Market , Bagel Sphere , and Laughing Planet for all helping make it happen. Awesome outdoors gear and food.

Take a look at the photos here.


 Mountain Bike Rodeo Success

Trips for Kids-CAT celebration of a donation of 21 mountain bikes from Team Michigan in coordination with Dick’s Sporting Goods was a great success.  Check out the media coverage :

KEZI    &     KVAL


June was Youth MTB Month

June was a MTB filled month with Kids MTB Oakridge Day, our 6th All Girls Trip, Kid’s Aventure Club’s Bike Day, Kidical Mass Camping, the Y-Quest MTB Trip with YMCA, and more.

A picture says a thousand words, so check it all out on our gallery

None of this would’ve been possible without our volunteers. A big thanks to all of them … and of course the youth groups, donors, and all the youth that joined us.

 Bring on July’s summer skies :)


Kids’ Mountain Bike Oakridge, 2012

Kids’ MTB Oakridge was a great success. Over 40 youth and as many adults showed up for a sunny day of guided rides, skills clinics, shuttles, food, and nature outings.

Check out the pictures at the gallery.
Didn’t make it?  No problem.

Sign-up now for Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge, September 23rd.


Kids’ Adventure Day

June 2nd was Kids’ Adventure Club‘s family cycling day.

Thanks to Kelly, the kids were able to have some crazy adventures on an awesome bicycle course.  Bowling with bikes was a big part of the day.   And the event couldn’t have been complete without teaching bike repair, Safe Routes to School and Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS).

Check out the amazing pictures in our gallery.


Spencer Butte meets Flat Creek

Spencer Butte meets Flat Creek

The Spencer Butte Middle School (SBMS) joined us for TFK-CAT’s biggest trip yet. Over 30 youth and plenty of adults enjoyed The Flat Creek Trail.  A big thanks to the Greater Oakridgre Area Trail Stewards (G.O.A.T.S) for recommending us and leading the way.  A big thanks to Oregon Adventures for providing shuttle service free of charge.  It could’t have been done without Steve of the Middle School.  And of course, a huge thanks to Leo, Austin, Robert, and K.P. for leading the TFK-CAT way.


 

 

Ridgeline Celebration

TFK-CAT joined the Disciples of Dirt and many other organizations for Ridgeline Celebration Day. It was a good day to spread the word of what we do, and get in some mountain biking while we were at it. Thanks Dan and Landen for representing us.


 

Volunteer Celebration 2012

Volunteer Celebration Day

Volunteer Celebration was a big success – the natural result of great people, good food, and awesome drinks. A big thanks to New Frontier Market, Oakshire Brewery, and Laughing Planet Cafe for providing the good eats and drinks. And a special thanks to Nikki who provided the spanish-style casserole and chocolate chip cookies. James, our Assistant Director, jumped in to help make it all happen.

And a huge thanks to all the volunteers that help youth get off the street, off the couch, and into the wild.


We are looking for volunteers!

Trips for Kids-CAT is looking for volunteers to help get kids off the couch and into the woods.

If you are interested in volunteering with Trips for Kids-CAT, contact John at (541) 686-9885 or trips4kids@catoregon.org. You can also fill out this form: TFK Volunteer Application


In their own words!

I loved it!!

-AJ, age 12

On Saturday I went mountain biking and it was really cool because I have never been mountain biking before. I went on the first Trips for Kids-CAT (TFK-CAT) ride to Oakridge. We got there on a colorful bus. The Salmon creek trail is a National Forest trail for biking and hiking. We saw some hikers and one other mountain biker on the trial with us. We biked 11 miles but it went by faster than I thought because I was having so much fun. I don’t have my own mountain bike so TFK-CAT let me borrow a bike. They also let me borrow a helmet and they gave us food and water. My favorite part was going up and down the hills because it was like a roller coaster.

-Jat, age 13

I would suggest that you should go on a Trips For Kids ride. You learn about nature and have a blast riding in the mountains. The views are awesome and there are no honking cars, all you hear is the wildlife.

-Ben, age 18

Throughout the whole trip I was amazed at the beauty of the path and its surrounding area. I was quite happy with myself. On and on we pressed forward, over hills and down again, through the canopies made by trees and through fields. I would have to say it was a brilliant ride if there ever was one.

-Eli, age 17

 

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