Arizona Daily Star features TFK Southern Arizona

January 01, 2009

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AM fog doesn't deter young cyclists

Races, bicycle check-ups and free helmets highlight youth biking event < By Greg Bryan Arizona daily star Jan 29, 2009

A thick haze of early morning fog lifted just before kickoff Saturday of the Youth Mountain Biking event sponsored by Trips for Kids Southern Arizona and Epic Rides Tucson.

About 50 kids 15 and under turned out for the time-trial race, which was separated into three age groups.

"It's important to give children a healthy outlet and get them outdoors and away from the TV," said Austin Moore, who co-directs the non-profit Trips for Kids Southern Arizona with his wife, Heather.

The event also featured free bike check-ups from Sabino Cycles, a skills clinic from M&M Cycling and a helmet giveaway from the Tucson Medical Center Desert Kids Safety program.

Volunteers rehabbed the two-mile course that winds through a lush area behind Emily Gray Junior High School. Riders under 10 rode one lap, 11- and 12-year-olds did two, and 13- through 15-year-olds did three.

"It's a fun little trail. For kids it's perfect," said Mac Graham of Sabino Cycles.

Plans for a three-race series are in the works.

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