21 kids from Tumbarumba, Tumut and surrounds made their way to the Cycle Tumbarumba mountain bike trails earlier this month, participating in the holiday shuttle program.
Organisers had their challenges, with Covid-19 guidelines meaning masks had to be worn, while the cold and wet conditions made the course and day a little more challenging than usual.
Still, organiser and Cycle Tumbarumba President Peter Marshall was pleased with the day and said riders looked to have enjoyed themselves.
“I think everyone had a good time,” Marshall said.
“The weather was pretty cold and pretty wet but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.”
“We mainly went through Mason’s Hill and finished up with a barbecue down at the skate park and it was good to see 21 kids involved.”
The school holiday event is targeted at new and existing mountain bike enthusiasts during the break, and it showcases the best of Tumbarumba mountain bike trails.
“We did have a few new faces. Two thirds were from Tumut, and there were three girls, which is good to see,” Marshall said.
“It would be nice to encourage more girls to the sport; it’s not just a boy’s sport.”
The next holiday shuttle program is scheduled for October.
“We usually try and do them in spring and autumn and we will go back to that. Our next one should be in October,” Marshall said.
Sponsor and mountain bike enthusiast Michelle Rossiter of Ground Up Tumut said it was a good event, and she thanked the organisers and helpers for making the day work.
“It’s awesome. It’s so great they can invite us to be involved,” Rossiter said.
“Getting Tumut kids there is good. Their trails are very different to what we have here, they are much more flowing, and it’s good for the kids to ride them.”
“Plus, Goodes Coaches are always very good and supportive, and it’s just a good day for the kids.”
More information on the next holiday program will be posted on the Cycle Tumbarumba Facebook page and kids and parents can get more information by calling in to see Peter Marshall at Ride Tumba or Michelle Rossiter at Ground Up Tumut.