Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mountain bikers in training

Riding bikes is a great activity for the whole family.  Its starts with kid carriers attached to the parents bike, then bike chariots pulled.  Along comes the kick bike, training wheels and trail-a-bikes.  Eventually everyone rides their own bike. Combine all those wheels with the endless selection of world class mountain bike trails we have here on Vancouver Island and you have yourself an adventure.

Yellowpoint Park may not be best known for its mountain biking, but it is a great place for beginner riders to practice their skills.  Yellowpoint Park is 51 hectares in size and offers 4km's of looped trails through second growth forests.  The trails here are ideal for Ben and Liv to ride.  A few steep hills to challenge there strength and endurance or stability and confidence on the bike...pending if their going up or down.  Like all trails on Vancouver Island, Yellowpoint Park has roots and rocks to maneuver over or around.  Ben has improved his riding in these conditions and for the first time we can see Liv making progress.  (Insert proud parent moment here)  

For the kids, riding these trails can be exhausting but not for Joel or myself.  To get our daily dose of exercise, we each took turns riding our bikes from home to the park and back again.  (We are lucky to live close by) This gives each of us about 15 km of riding, mostly road combined with trails, which is better than nothing.

Every time the whole family is together and being active I can not help think about a news article I read about childhood obesity.  It was announced in 2010 that for the first time our country’s younger generations are expected to live shorter lives than their parents because of obesity.  Most overweight and obesity problems in childhood are caused by eating too much and not exercising enough.  The statistics showed that older children are twice as likely to be active if their mothers are active and almost six times more likely if both parents are active.  Pretty powerful numbers when you consider that obesity rates have almost tripled in the last 25 years in Canada.  Clearly we are not being active enough with our children.  I promised myself I would not let this happen to my children which is why I love being active WITH my children.  So when I get the opportunity to bike together with my family, I take it!  

Where we were

Yellowpoint Park is located on Yellowpoint Rd of course!  Head east off of Trans-Canada Highway onto Cedar Rd. Take a right onto Yellow Point Rd. The park will be on the left after Keene Rd.
Because it is a multiuse park, expect to see people on foot and horseback riders.  No motorized vehicles permitted.  Great place for a trail walk, trail run and of course mountain biking!

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