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BIKE CAMP – HEALTHY SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN FOR UNDER 12’S

There was a time in living memory when owning and being able to ride your own bike was a “Rite of Passage”. It was the first step toward freedom, the loosening of the parental strings. On non-school days kids everywhere would be slamming the back door and mounting up with the early morning light shattering into a thousand jewels in the dew drops on the front lawn, meeting together for a day of mischief, trying to cram in as much fun as possible before the evening curfew.

Sadly our society has changed enough that those days are long gone, and no parent with the brains that God gave to garden vegetables would allow their child to ride the streets or in the bush without adult supervision (or perhaps a SWAT Team).

In an effort to keep kids safe, they are becoming TV Kids. Rather than finding grease and bike parts in a little boys room you are now more likely to find the decoder remote which has vanished. Rather than the “Purple Badge of Courage” (mercurochrome)for some skin off the knee, a course of sodium-diclofenac for inflamed carpal tendons from gaming is far more likely.

Geoff the Aussie and Andrew Mclean are both old fossils. In an effort to recreate the cycling safety and adventure of their youth the Toyota MTN Cycle Park was created for the kids (5 – 75 YOA)of Joberg. The next logical step is BIKE CAMP.

In a world where both parents have demanding careers, and school holidays doesn’t mean family holidays, we created BIKE CAMP to take the pressure off parents and keep kids happy safe and healthy.

The Toyota MTN Cycle Park is fully fenced and has TRS Security service on site. Within the boundaries of the Cycle Park it is still 1960. Kids and adults are safe on their bikes from everything except their own optimism (don’t throw out the mercurochrome). The Park Rules do not allow Kids under 12 years of age into the XC Trails unaccompanied by a riding adult. They are limited to the 4 trails surrounding the Clubhouse (Toyota Kiddies Track, Toyota Kids Pump Track, Organ Grinder-Powered by Toyota, and Rust Preventer) where non-riding parents can keep an eagle eye out. This is a safety precaution.

BIKE CAMP is a 3 day workshop and practice session for under 12’s. The day starts at 08:00 am with a 90 minute Skills Session with an Instructor.

The Skills Session will also incorporate study of all theToyota MTN Cycle Park safety rules, and highlight the trails that are accessible for BIKE CAMP trained under 12’s and those that are for over 18’s only. The rest of the day will be designated for practise of the riding skills covered in that mornings lesson in the trails used for that lesson. The Instructor will remain at the Clubhouse (Park Manager: Wayne or Riaan) for the duration of the day to answer any questions the kids may have or recap on specific skills.

Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Toyota MTN Cycle Park, but so are sweets and chips so you will need to issue instructions to your ankle biters on what “lunch” actually means, when you give them spending money.

Those who demonstrate all the skills acquisitions to be able to ride in the XC Trail section of the Toyota MTN Cycle Park will be issued a permanent pass card. This card will be shown upon each entry to the Toyota MTN Cycle Park, and a special identifying sticker will be placed on the rider’s number board showing that they are a BIKE CAMP graduate, and thus allowed in the Green and Blue designated trails.

Contravention of Cycle Park Safety Rules will result in cancellation of the BIKE CAMP CARD and privileges pertaining thereto (starting to sound like a bunch of lawyers). Some kids may find that two BIKE CAMPS are required to absorb all the information and skills required to attain a BIKE CAMP CARD.

Below are the listed dates for BIKE CAMP for 2009. To book your place (numbers are limited) please email Wayne.

Bike Camp fees are R399 per rider. Helmet and fullt enclosed footwear (no slops or sandals) required. Rental bikes and helmets are available.

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