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Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is October 27th!

Andy Thompson

October 17, 2018 2:13pm

The Belle Isle Skills Park is a great place for kids to hone their riding skills. Credit: WTVR

Join rvaMORE, Richmond’s mountain biking and trail-building advocacy group, for its annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on October 27th.

This IMBA developed event encourages communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. The event is open to children of all ages and riding abilities.

Come explore the river trails system and the Belle Isle Skills Park. rvaMore is teaming up with local bike teams for this family-friendly event.

A big day is planned for kids of all ages and abilities to join, learn, participate, and most of all have fun!

  • Bike skills
  • Ride the Pump Track and learn all about flow
  • Group rides
  • Games and prizes
  • And much more!

What to bring

Come dressed for the weather, layers are best if the temperatures are on the cooler side. Comfortable shoes and clothing is encouraged. No open toed shoes. Be sure that your bike has knobby tires to handle the dirt. Helmets are required.

For kids’ rides, parents will need to accompany their kids to the trail head and sign a waiver, but do not need to ride the trail.

How to participate

The event is free and open to all riders of all ages. Registration in advanced is required, limited spots available. Click here to register.

Date and Location

The event will be held Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Belle Isle Skills Area located at 1 Belle Isle, Richmond, VA, 23225.

About the volunteers:

River City Women’s Racing (RCWR) is dedicated to promoting the health and fitness of women through competitive cycling and camaraderie.

RVA Racing is a mountain bike racing club founded on the principles of inclusion, biking advocacy, racer development, and competitive comradery.

A special thanks to the folks at the James River Park System, without their support events like this would not be possible. The Belle Isle Skill Park is part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.


The Belle Isle Skills Area is best access from the south side of the James River. From any of the parking lots listed below, make your way to the 22nd Street Stairs, continue east (down river) to the (wood and steel) access bridge. Cross the access bridge onto Belle Isle. The Skills Area will be on your right.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?