Mountview elementary students enjoy the mountain biking trails behind the school during a three-kilometre ride following four days of instruction and training from Red Shred’s Mark Savard.

Students take in outdoors through mountain biking pilot project

Mountview Elementary students have been busy recently exploring a whole new world just outside their doorstep.

With the instruction and tutelage of Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed owner Mark Savard since the beginning of May, students have been learning all about mountain biking.

“I decided to do kind of a pilot project with the Mountview grades 5s and 6s, and it was good,” Savard said.

Spanning four separate classes over four days, students in Kelvin Parent’s Grade 6 class and in Marnie Grant’s Grade 5 class at the school — literally paces away from a vast riding area on the South Lakeside Trail Network — learned about mapping and technology, spent a day doing trail maintenance behind the school, learned riding skills and bike maintenance.

“Then the crescendo was the kids got to go on a three-kilometre downhill ride from the school down to Walmart,” Savard said. “We had 50 kids out with helpers.”

Savard said while it proved to be a bit of a challenge, the result was a rewarding one.

“You selflessly do it, but they’re a super unique school in they’re right up against the trail network,” he said. “You try to take it to the next level so the vision was to start mentoring kids to be the next trail ambassadors.”

Savard said, in the future, he hopes to be able to do the same thing at more schools, however, added it’s a solid time commitment to organize and instruct that many students on the trails.

“Everybody had fun, nobody got hurt, and the teachers and the principal were really supportive. It was a lot of fun.”

 

Mountview elementary’s Grade 5/6 teacher Marnie Grant leads Logan down the trail.

Mark Savard provides some instruction on the mountain biking trails behind Mountview elementary as students ride from the school down to Walmart.

Mountview students get some on-field practice prior to hitting the trails.

Just Posted

Hough Memorial Cancer Society raises over $84,000 in 2018

The Hough Memorial Cancer Society thanks our community for their generous donations of 2018.

WLSA Outdoor Adventure Program back for second season

“There are roads all over the place we can explore with some really nice scenery.”

Lakecity to host Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition June 1

Williams Lake will be hosting the 2019 Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition

WEB POLL: Are the penalties for human-caused wildfires strict enough?

The BC Wildfire Service estimates, on average, 40 per cent of wildfires in B.C. are person-caused.

FOREST INK: BC and Canadian pulp industry doing better

The recent announcement of the Tolko lumber mill closure in Quesnel this… Continue reading

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read