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GROC Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists

Kids Love Bikes

Last weekend Fullmoon Vista put on a UCI Cyclocross event in Ellison Park. GROC was there to support biking in all its forms in our parks. 

GROC was there to provide the kids with there own version of the event with a mini Cycloscross course. GROC also brought a fleet of Kazam push bikes that are specifically designed to teach the youngest riders how to ride a bike.

Needless to say the kids had allot of fun and the racing by the athletes was spectacular. Thanks Fullmoon Vista for putting on truly international event in our area and supporting ridding in our parks.

 

Singletrack Nature

GROC Singletrack Academy providing basic lessons on bike setup, equipment safety, mounting and dismounting, attack position, turning, and braking. The children participated in multiple skills drills before heading out to Kaleidoscope for their first trail ride. Throughout the day, participants also learned about road and trail safety, rules, and etiquette, as well as stewardship and advocacy. In Partnership with Community Place of Greater Rochester (and Greater Rochester Health Foundation) GROC along with many community members sponsored these young adults to participate in the Single Track Academy Program.

The Film done by Don Casper Follows kids from downtown Rochester as they travel to the woods to experience nature and learn how to mountain bike through an amazing volunteer program.

 

Directed and Edited by Don Casper

Produced by EPIC10
http://www.epic10.com

 

“Why should you stay off adjacent property?”

A volunteer posed this question to a group of city youth participating in the first GROC Singletrack Academy Bike Right Skills Clinic, held at Dryer Road Park on June 8. The children had gathered at the trailhead to review the Rules of the Trail sign. Ten-year-old Marquial Johnson answered quickly.

Because the owner might go into his house, get his gun, and shoot you.”

Marquial’s sober response underscores the importance of this event, which is one of the ways GROC is fulfilling its mission to mentor underprivileged children and promote health and fitness through mountain biking. In partnership with Singletrack Academy and The Community Place of Greater Rochester, GROC volunteers provided instruction, equipment, transportation, and meals to 20 inner city youth, ages 9 to 14.

GROC board member and Singletrack Academy founder Adam Reitz organized the activities, providing basic lessons on bike setup, equipment safety, mounting and dismounting, attack position, turning, and braking. The children participated in multiple skills drills before heading out to Kaleidoscope for their first trail ride. Throughout the day, participants also learned about road and trail safety, rules, and etiquette, as well as stewardship and advocacy.

Another GROC board member, Don Casper, recorded all of the excitement on video. His production company, EPIC10, is producing a mini-documentary which will premiere during Rochester’s 2013 Greentopia Festival. Don will continue filming throughout the summer – since many of the children were awarded scholarships to attend GROC’s annual Singletrack Academy summer program.

In addition to its partners, GROC received support for this event from the Town of Victor Parks & Recreation, the Victor Central School District, and Rochester General Hospital. Funding was provided by the GROC SA sponsors listed below, as well as the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. Additional sponsors and volunteers are always welcome! For more information, contact Adam Reitz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2013 GROC SA Sponsors and Supporters

  • Community Place of Greater Rochester (and Greater Rochester Health Foundation)
  • Victor Central Schools
  • Victor Parks and Recreation
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Stan’s NoTubes
  • Bellwether
  • Bike Zone
  • Community Real Estate Group
  • Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport
  • Mac5Bikes
  • Park Ave Bikeshop
  • Rochester Fitness & Cycling
  • RV&E
  • Towpath Bike
  • Tryon Bike
  • Geneva Bicycle Center
 


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