Kidworx cycling event premieres August 9
Kids of all ages can test their bike-handling skills on beams, wooden ramps, slaloms and other low-to-the-ground ride features at the Kidworx Bike Ninja Course and event hosted by Aspen Cycling Club (ACC) and Roaring Fork Cycling. Kidworx is a celebration of youth cycling and will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Buttermilk Ski Area parking lot in Aspen.
The Aspen Cycling Club is a nonprofit organization that hosts a summer-long series of road and mountain bike races. According to Rachel Beck, who serves on the ACC board of directors, the club’s goal was to sponsor an event to help cultivate the new generation of cyclists.
“Kidworx will be a fun, inclusive, educational and inspirational event that encourages kids to participate in cycling at a recreational and potentially competitive level,” said Beck, who races in the local series and has three children who love to ride bikes.
During Kidworx, mechanics will be on hand for basic bike maintenance review, and local EMTs will conduct helmet safety checks. RFC’s trained coaches will offer basic skills clinics and tips. Adults get in on the fun with the adult push-bike race (bring your own bike; event volunteers will remove pedals), and the Aspen Bike Ninja Warrior, a fun timed event on the obstacle course, occurs at 7 p.m. The Ninja Warrior race is open to all grade levels. Other activities include warrior-themed face-painting, bike chain bracelet-making and access to the nearby Butterline singletrack trail.
“This is a celebration of youth cycling, and Kidworx will offer a chance for youth to play on their bikes, race the Ninja Warrior Course, and learn some safety tips and bike handling skills from experienced coaches. It also is a chance for the community to come out and support youth cycling,” Beck said.
The club’s main focus is its weekly road and mountain bike race series, which attracts some junior racers. Through support from the Van Garderen Foundation, ACC has established a youth scholarship program that supports junior racers in the valley. ACC’s leaders wanted an additional noncompetitive event that would cater to younger riders and has partnered with Roaring Fork Cycling to host Kidworx.
Roaring Fork Cycling is a new nonprofit that offers free after-school mountain bike clubs and skills-based cycling clinics and camps for students K–12.
“It’s exciting to see the Aspen Cycling Club focus some of its efforts on youth cycling. Roaring Fork Cycling aims to have our free after-school clubs and summer mountain bike camps provide young cyclists with the skills and confidence to have an enjoyable and safe experience on the bike. Events such as Kidworx complement our mission to empower youth through cycling,” said Trina Ortega, board member for Roaring Fork Cycling.