A Crash Course in Cycling


The wheels on the bikes go round and round at The Griffin Bike Park in Vigo County and a special three day camp has riders pedaling their way to hit the trails. 

“We are pretty proud that we are drawing people in from all over the U.S. “Rich Moore said. “We actually draw more from outside Indiana then we do from within. That’s really exciting. 

“That’s really cool,” Sally Machand Collins said.  

More than 60 riders of all skill levels participated in the 2nd Annual Sundance Mountain Bike Midwest Co-Ed Mountain Bike Camp. 

From more than 11 states, cyclists from 10 to 69 years-old received lessons in everything from bike maintenance to extreme tricks.

“Going from a beginner and how they advance so quick after literally like three hours in the morning and then in the afternoon they are like lets do more,” Machand Collins said. 

Their coach, was Olympic mountain biking coach and two-time world champion Shaums March, who was blown away by the park.
“I love it out here,” Shaums Mark said. “This is an amazing spot. Griffin Park is really cool to see what they’ve done with the area, how they are honoring all of the military members that have serviced and given their lives for us so we can enjoy this area is amazing.”

Coaches work one on one with riders, making sure they are comfortable in every aspect before heading out for a ride. 

I even got a chance to take a few crash courses from riding to learning a few tricks, however I don’t expect to become a professional cyclist anytime soon.

The goal of the camp is simple: help teach the love of mountain biking. 

“Biking just brings back joy inside your heart,” Machand Collins said.  

“Everybody is smiling,” Moore said. “Everybody is riding. It’s just great.” 

This weekend’s course just filled up on Friday, but there is a waiting list.  

And even if you don’t have the chance to take the course, the bike park is always free and open to the public. 

Organizers, say they have already started planning for next year.

And here’s a fun fact: the park welcomed riders from coast to coast, with riders from as far away as Washington state and New Jersey.

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