Roosevelt Mountain Bike Club

Why Mountain Bike?

In and around our Bellingham community lies an expanse of trails and mountain bike resources that is valuable to your children and essential to our community’s health. With a healthy understanding of the sport of mountain biking, students will have an outlet that encourages lifelong fitness, respect for nature, self-confidence and Fun!

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Roosevelt Bike Club riding to Whatcom Falls

Parents welcome and Volunteers needed for ALL Rides!

Biking is something that can be shared by the whole family and create a lifetime activity for you to enjoy with your children… so bring your bike and come ride with us! (All rides are open to parents.) And even if your child doesn’t participate, we hope you’ll join us to lend a hand or just stop by to see what it’s all about!
If you would like to join, just send an email to ebxtreme@earthlink.net or text at 206-399-8347

REQUIRED FORMS!

If you have not already, please download, print, and sign these waiver and release forms.
These MUST be completed before the student can participate in the Club.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Students MUST attend either session 1 or 2 to participate in any off-site rides, as we will cover safety, rider etiquette, basic skills, equipment setup and code of conduct.

Dates (all Tuesdays): Apr 16, Apr 23, April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st,  May 28th


Session 1: Tuesday, Apr 16 – Welcome and Basics

Join us for an intro to what this Club will be about! We’ll discuss bike etiquette, preparedness, safety, and code of conduct. We’ll also learn basic bike skills to help kids stay safe and have fun on the trails.

*Mechanical Safety note for Parents*
Please check to make sure both tires have good tire pressure, brakes are working and shifting is operational. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, our local shops will take a quick look at your kid’s bike to see if there’s any glaring issues!  Mention that your child is participating in a WMBC Mountain Bike Club and they will help ensure your child’s bike is safe and ready to roll.

  • Meet: Roosevelt Playground at 2:30 pm
  • Pick-up: Roosevelt Playground at 5pm

Session 2: Tuesday, Apr 23 – Railroad Trail Ride

Let’s hit a trail! We’ll ride the Railroad trail towards Whatcom Falls park and go as far as we can. We’ll us this ride to focus on climbing, descending, shifting, and braking – and get a little dirt on our tires! We’ll also discuss road rules, road safety, and establish what is a good following distance. (Riders will be evaluated to ensure they are ready to safely progress to the next off-site rides.)

  • Meet: Roosevelt Playground at 2:30 pm
  • Pick-up: Roosevelt Playground at 5 pm

Session 3: Tuesday, April 30th – First Galbraith Trail Ride
(Parents must transport or arrange transportation to and from the trailhead)

We’ll head out for our first ride on Galbraith Mountain!   This will be a lesson in pacing and endurance as we will ride the lower trails on Galbraith mountain. Climbing will be kept to a minimum and total time on trail will be about 1 hour. (Possible trails: Lost Giants, Kaya, Bunny Trails)

  • Meet: Samish Way Parking Lot at 3:15 pm
  • Pick-up: : Samish Way Parking Lot at 5:30 pm

Session 4: Tuesday, May 7 – Galbraith Trail Ride
(Parents must transport or arrange transportation to and from the trailhead)

More exploring the mountain and trying new trails! This session is focused on building confidence levels and getting kids comfortable with exploring and trying new things. We may split up into different groups based on rider skill levels and hit trails specific to their riding level. (Possible trails: Lost Giants, Kaya, Bunny Trails, Art’s Trail, Lone Wolf, Dogpatch)

  • Meet: Samish Way Parking Lot at 3:00 pm
  • Pick-up: : Samish Way Parking Lot at 5:00 pm

Session 5: Tuesday, May 14 – Galbraith Trail Ride
(Parents must transport or arrange transportation to and from the trailhead)

More exploring the mountain and trying new trails! This session is also focused on building confidence levels and getting kids comfortable with exploring and trying new things. We may split up into different groups based on rider skill levels and hit trails specific to their riding level. (Possible trails: Lost Giants, Kaya, Bunny Trails, Art’s Trail, Lone Wolf, Dogpatch)

  • Meet: Samish Way Parking Lot at 3:00 pm
  • Pick-up: : Samish Way Parking Lot at 5:00 pm

Session 6: Tuesday, May 21 – Galbraith Trail Ride
(Parents must transport or arrange transportation to and from the trailhead)

Final fun session where the kids get to pick where they want to ride and skills they want to work on. We hope lots of parents can make it out for this ride focused on fun, and showing you what they have learned on the bike!  (Possible trails: Lost Giants, Kaya, Bunny Trails, Art’s Trail, Lone Wolf, Dogpatch, 3 Pigs, Rank Advancement)

  • Meet: Samish Way Parking Lot at 3:00 pm
  • Pick-up: : Samish Way Parking Lot at 5:00 pm

Session 7: Tuesday, May 28 – Galbraith Trail Ride
(Parents must transport or arrange transportation to and from the trailhead)

Final fun session where the kids get to pick where they want to ride and skills they want to work on. We hope lots of parents can make it out for this ride focused on fun, and showing you what they have learned on the bike!  (Possible trails: Lost Giants, Kaya, Bunny Trails, Art’s Trail, Lone Wolf, Dogpatch, 3 Pigs, Rank Advancement)

NOTE:  If the weather cooperates, we will have an end-of-the-year BBQ and swim session at Lake Padden Park following this ride.  Parents will need to confirm if they plan to attend prior to this day.

  • Meet: Samish Way Parking Lot at 3:00 pm
  • Pick-up: : Samish Way Parking Lot at 5:30 pm

EQUIPMENT:

All participants will need:

  • Mountain Bike with functional front and rear hand brakes and gears
  • Helmet (NO Exceptions)
  • A tube that is the size of their bike tire (our local shops can help with this as well).

*Parents please check to make sure both tires have good tire pressure, brakes are working and shifting is operational. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, swing into one of our many local shops to have them check your kids bike. Mention that your child is participating in a WMBC Mountain Bike Club and they will help ensure your child’s bike is safe and ready.

Clothing: (At parents’ discretion)

It is likely that kids will get cold and possibly wet. To ensure a comfortable experience for them having warm and dry clothes will help them enjoy and appreciate being out in the elements. Here is what we recommend:

  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes with a non-slick sole. NO sandals or crocs!!!
  • Gloves, if you have them (falling on the hands is common, and cold hands are no fun)
  • Shorts or leggings that will not catch in the chain ring (no loose cuff long pants)
  • Rain gear – Jacket and pants (In case of rain!)
  • Jacket (If weather is cool)
  • Shirt that is dry fit or tech material, if possible (Cotton gets very wet with sweat and can make you feel cold)
  • Knee and Elbow Pads, if you have them

Other gear we recommend:

  • Hydration pack or water bottle (non-glass)
  • Snacks (help keep your kids energy levels up)
  • Small Backpack (To put water, snack, extra clothes)

Samish Way Parking Lot drop off and pickup location:

To Galbraith Mt from Roosevelt:
1. Take Yew St to Woburn
2. Turn LEFT on Woburn
3. Cross Lakeway – road changes name back to Yew St (go up and over Yew St. hill)
4. Yew St. ends at Samish Way, turn LEFT on Samish Way
5. The Parking lot is on the right hand side BEFORE (West of) Galbraith Lane.

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Samish Way Parking lot near Galbraith lane.

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