So much exciting stuff happened over the past weekend, we need to share it with you in two parts! Two of our executive directors, Mike and Will, drove out to Rainy River First Nation to talk about all things mountain biking.
Here is what they had to say about the weekend:
“Friday morning, we headed out to Rainy River First Nations to do a site visit on some trails in the community, a few group rides, and a quick overview of some basic bike maintenance. Rainy River First Nations had approached us in the early spring about coming down to do this, and have made a generous donation to Blacksheep MTB Club.
On Friday afternoon, we rolled into town and pulled into the gym parking lot where there was a gaggle of kids riding around on fatbikes and other cool rides. The weather had been rainy and unpredictable on the way down so we were itching to get out and ride down a double track trail down by the Rainy River itself. We knew it was going to be muddy, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. After a few minutes it became a contest between a few of them to see who could spray the most mud on their backs. After our group ride we had a BBQ dinner and then ran through a presentation for the kids on what Blacksheep does as a club. Topics ranged from XC racing to trail building, and finally fatbiking.
Saturday morning we met back at the gym with a bigger crowd of excited kids. Apparently word had spread! Will ran through some basic bike maintenance stuff with the activity coordinators (Joe and Kevin), while I ran some slow speed balance races outside in the parking lot. Trackstands and balance were the name of the game, as the last person to cross the finish line wins! After that we ran a few higher speed loops through some cones to pick up the pace a bit. The morning’s activities concluded with a radical skid contest to see who could put down the biggest and most stylish skid in the gravel lot.
A bus came and picked up everyone so we could go to the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre for lunch and then a group ride. After exploring the museum and listening to some stories, we had a wicked lunch of bannock-dogs — perfect fuel for the ride ahead. After lunch we geared up and ran through some pre-ride bike checks. Then it was off on a ride to the Manitou Mounds down some doubletrack trails at the Historical Centre, about 7 km one way. Some of the kids were as young as the lambateur class here, but they had great attitudes and rode the whole thing! Not bad for kids who had never been “mountain biking”! After a quick bunny hopping contest with some of the kids who weren’t as tired, it was time to say goodbye and drive back to Thunder Bay.
A big “Thank You!” to Rainy River First Nations for inviting us to their community and for their donation to BSMTBC. We hope to see them riding some trails in Thunder Bay!” — Mike Barten
We want to thank the Rainy River First Nation for inviting our us into their community, allowing us to work and ride with them, and show our gratitude for supporting us. We look forward to working with them again in the future!