Lucas Ball

Lucas Ball

Bike skills park sought

The North Okanagan Cycling Society has its sights set on the construction of a bike skills park.

Mountain bikers want a place to call home.

With the success of the Sprockids program and growing interest in the sport, the North Okanagan Cycling Society has its sights set on the construction of a bike skills park.

“With the difficulty in finding locations to stage and subsequently run the Sprockids program, it was apparent that Vernon was lacking a mountain bike skills park,” said Matt Ball, NOCS vice-president.

Skills parks are designated areas within local communities that have been developed to help all levels of riders improve their riding skills.

NOCS’ bike skills park sub committee has had discussions with the City of Vernon, Vernon Rotary Club and other organizations.

“The committee plans to lobby local businesses for endorsement and resource provisions,” said Ball.

“If you are interested in getting involved or would like to endorse this project, contact okbikepark@gmail.com.”

Sprockids is an introductory mountain biking program for youth ages seven to 14 and it recently took place at Silver Star Mountain Resort with 120 participants.

“Sprockids is in place to engage the next generation, encourage mentorship and enhance connectivity amongst the biking community,” said Ball.

“In the program, volunteer instructors are given an opportunity to pass on their biking knowledge, build rider confidence and empower youth riders.”

Sprockids is sponsored by Giant bicycles through Olympia Cycle and Ski.

“Pete Dorey (with Olympia) has been instrumental in the growth and success of the program,” said Ball.

For more information about Sprockids, contact Olympia Cycle and Ski at 250-542-9684.