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Mountain bike activities, safety rodeo today for youth

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Today is national “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.” To celebrate, the Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County Foundation will host a day of fun bike activities at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley.

Activities include bike inspection, helmet inspection, chain keyring station, t-shirt painting with bike parts, skills clinic, seven bike rodeo safety stations, spin fruit into a smoothie with Fender Blender on a stationary bike, and a group trail ride at 10 a.m.

All that is required of interested attendees is a working bike, helmet, completed waiver, and be ready to roll. This event costs $5 per participant. Registered riders receive a goodie bag with a bike plate, energy bar, glow stick, event t-shirt, and bike rodeo safety check list, while supplies last.

The safety check list consists of helmet inspection by State Farm Agent Mike Bratton. All cyclists should have helmets. State Farm will donate helmets to those who come with outdated helmets, or arrive with no helmet.

Next is the bike inspection with Steve Davis and Fred Bergman who will man the Wheels In Motion mobile bike repair van.

They will inspect bikes to be ready to roll for 10 a.m. trail ride at Lyman Gilmore School Trails.

Seven bike rodeo safety stations are next up, where riders practice riding their bikes at simulated street intersections, handling bike skills and more. When skills are completed, riders receive certificate of completion, and spin their own fruit smoothie on the Fender Blender bike.

If there’s time left, riders can head over to the T-shirt painting or key-ring booth to see what’s can be fun with recycled bike parts.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will have handouts promoting healthy lifestyles on nutrition, exercise and more.

The mission of this event is to get kids prepared before biking, promote being physically active, healthy eating, and getting outdoors, in hopes of beating the odds against childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle, according to YBONC.

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