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Friends of the Penetanguishene Youth Raise Funds for Cycling

The Town of Penetanguishene is delighted to formally announce the grand opening of the new Pump Track at Martin Valley Park, funded in full by the Friends of the Penetanguishene Youth.

Date: Sunday, May 26th, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Lunch starting at 11:30 AM)

Location: Martin Valley Park, located at 21 John Street.

Mayor Rawson will provide opening remarks followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the pump track. This occasion serves as a tribute to the Friends of the Penetanguishene Youth for their significant contributions to the pump track project.

Mayor Rawson expressed his gratitude by saying, “We are profoundly thankful to the Friends of the Penetanguishene Youth for their generous financial contribution. Their support has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. This pump track is a testament to their ongoing commitment to our community and our youth.”

Rad Adventures will be onsite to host a clinic designed for both beginners and experienced cyclists. The instructor from Rad Adventures will provide step-by-step guidance on how to navigate the pump track, including how to maintain momentum without pedaling, how to handle the bike on the rollers and banked turns, and how to ride safely and efficiently. This is a great opportunity for attendees to learn from the experts and improve their biking skills.

Interested participants can register for the pump track clinics on RecDesk here: Programs (recdesk.com)

In addition to the activities, attendees will be treated to a complimentary BBQ lunch, generously provided by the Friends of the Youth. The event will also feature a live music performance by Emma Reynolds.

What is a Pump Track:

A pump track is a purpose-built track for bike, rollerblades, skateboards and scooters. It consists of a circuit of rollers, banked turns, and other features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping”—generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing.

About Rad Adventures:

Rad Adventures is an organization that has been teaching youth in communities how to have fun on their bikes for over 8 years. They offer a variety of mountain bike programs and summer camps for ages 4 -16, including Learn 2 Ride, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Leadership In Training1. They also offer adult programs in the Spring and Fall.

They teach the youth how to have fun on their bikes, build their confidence, skills, and athletic levels through the pure joy of riding their bikes. They also teach proper riding techniques, trail etiquette, basic mechanic skills (how to fix a flat tire, etc), use of equipment, road and trail safety, nature and forest values.