Kingston will host a major cycling event
By staff report • April 24, 2022 1:30 a.m
Youngsters from preschool to high school will find something to challenge their cycling knowledge and skills at the Youth Bike Fest on May 1 from 1 to 5 pm at Kingston High School.
After completing a helmet fit check, another check to make sure the bike is safe to ride and a short pre-course assessment, participants will find a variety of bike games and obstacle course events to challenge your knowledge of the rules of the road. balance and agility skills, and ability to maneuver their bikes in different conditions.
Games will include: a newspaper toss, balloon pumpkin and duck, as well as Crazy 8’s and a slow race. Riders will demonstrate skills in hard starts, controlled stops, use of hand signals and quick stops, as well as straight line driving and scanning before making turns. They will travel the zigzag slalom track, the spiral and the pit or rock dodge. Obstacles include riding over “Mount Rainier”, the “Railroad Cross”, the teeter-totter and the “Yellow Bumpy Brick Road”. The road skills course is sponsored by the West Sound Bicycle Club with assistance from the Cascade Bicycle Club. The entire event is sponsored by Greater Kingston Kiwanis and co-sponsored by Kingston Rotary and the Ale House Restaurant.
Advanced riders can demonstrate dexterity, agility and balance on the Advanced Challenge course. A half mile ride around the high school and then enjoy the various mountain bike obstacles, organized by NK Vikes. There will also be a BMX demonstration by National BMX Champion Wyatt Christensen and a chance to try some BMX drills.
Advanced riders and parents may want to participate in the various bike maintenance classes sponsored by Night Owl Cycling and Uptown Cyclery. These half-hour sessions will cover topics such as identifying bike parts, repairing skids and other tire problems, lubricating and cleaning your bike, and practicing before safety checks and building a kit of basic elements for cycling.
NK Fire and Rescue will run the helmet fitting station, Infinity Cycling the bike safety checks and Kingston Scout Troop 555 the first aid station. Members of the Kingston Kiwanis, the NK Kingston Rotary and community volunteers will serve as coaches and course monitors.
There will be drawings of at least three bikes to be given away. Each participant will receive several door prizes for completing the skills courses. There will also be snacks and a food truck.