Pedal power: The emphasis is on fun at the Arboretum. *File photo
Pedal power: The emphasis is on fun at the Arboretum. *File photo

Parents looking to start the new year off right for their children are invited to bring them to the Arboretum tomorrow for the continuation of the Tokio Millennium Youth Mountain Bike Race.

The free series sponsored by Tokio Millennium Re, Bicycle Works and sanctioned by the Bermuda Bicycle Association aims to introduce primary school-aged children to cycling as a way to help them promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. 

So while many parents hit the gym as part of a new year’s resolution, they can help their children get involved by taking part in this series of fun races. The emphasis is on fun rather than being a competitive race.

The event gives even the youngest child a chance to gain confidence in riding a bicycle and to practice basic principles of strength, coordination and motor development. The ‘races’ are divided into categories so children can participate with kids their own age. 

Children can use any kind of bicycle (even those with training wheels or a toddler bike). Parents must ensure that each child has a helmet and wears closed toe shoes.  

A new feature of this year’s event is an advanced course for older children or those who feel they are ready for a new challenge. 

With the help of riders from Fat Tire Massive, kids will be able to take off on an adventure course through the Arboretum. 

The Cuppa van will also be present mixing up free lattes or other hot beverages.

Each week there are fabulous draw prizes, and every child who participates will get a goody bag upon
registering for the first time. 

At the end of the seven-race series one child’s name will be drawn as the grand prize winner to take home a bicycle from Bicycle Works. 

For more information, visit www.tokiomillennium.com or find them on Facebook at “Tokio Youth”. Remaining series schedule, all at the Arboretum at 4pm: January 4, January 11, January 18, January 25.