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Kids practise on mountain trails; Bike Week set for June 3 to 10

Posted on May 23, 2012

SCOTSBURN – A spring session of training for younger cyclists is wrapping up today.
Up to 30 bikers have been meeting at either the Scotsburn Elementary School or at Stonehame Chalets at either end of a mountain bike trail scaling Fitzpatrick Mountain.
Pictou County Cycle is putting on the sessions in conjunction with SPOKE N.S. It’s a chance for youngsters to learn of mountain biking, and hone their overall cycling skills.
The bikers aged six and seven who signed up start their 45-minute training at 6 p.m., while the others aged eight to 10 follow an hour later.
They met last Wednesday at Stonehame Chalets and warmed up by doing laps around a driveway near the chalets and pedaling under a rope to help them negotiate low-hanging branches along the mountain bike trail.
The next Pictou County Cycle event called Fitz of Fury, a mountain bike race, will take place July 15 in Scotsburn.
Meanwhile, Active Pictou County has prepared events to mark Pictou County Bike Week between June 3 and 10.
An event is taking place every day, starting with a family bike ride at 2 p.m. on June 3 at the New Glasgow Marina that will feature a mixed road and trail route.
Bikers will ride behind a New Glasgow police cruiser for nine kilometres or on shorter distance options.
A ride along the East River Valley June 4 will start at 6 p.m. at the Stellarton Sobeys parking lot and feature either a 26.4 kilometre or 52km trip.
A beginner mountain bike ride will start at 6 p.m. June 5 at Trenton Park, while the Trailer Park Girls will lead a women’s mountain bike ride on June 6 during their weekly bike ride starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot beside the Bluenose Curling Club on Park Street.
A 23km road ride June 7 led by organizers of the local Heartland Tour will begin at 6 p.m. at the Irving rest stop at Exit 21, while another family bike ride is slated for June 9 between 10 a.m. and noon on the Jitney Trail in Pictou.
The last event is the Michelin junior bike event for children aged five to 11 years on Caladh Avenue in Pictou.
Registration can be done on line through www.michelinjuniorbike.ca and draw prizes include a chance to win one of two $250 gift certificates for a new bicycle.

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