Cumberland kids learn BMX and mountain biking

Every year, the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) offers both an after-school Mountain Bike Club and a BMX Club.

Cumberland is well known for its biking culture, the home of world-class single-track trails, the Coal Hills BMX track and numerous bike races and events.

Thanks to local businesses, organizations and individuals, the community’s passion for the sport is being shared with Cumberland kids.

Every year, the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) offers both an after-school Mountain Bike Club and a BMX Club. Through long-standing partnerships with the United Riders of Cumberland, Dodge City Cycles and the Coal Hills BMX track, students are given the opportunity to explore the local trails, or race laps at the track.

This past year over 30 students were enrolled in each program, with parent and community volunteers donating over 300 hours of their time to help make them happen.

This spring, the Cumberland Coal Cross and Trail Bicycles donated four new BMX bikes, helping to make this program even more accessible to Cumberland kids.

Lisa Ludwig and Curtis Saunders have been organizing the Cumberland Coal Cross, a cycle cross race, for the past four years. The race takes place in Cumberland, with a course set up at the Village Park and the BMX track.

The sport has been growing in popularity and the number of racers had doubled at last year’s event. Ludwig and Saunders decided to use the proceeds to help engage local youth in the sport of cycling and to promote longevity for future generations of racers.

Trail Bicycles pitched in by ordering and volunteering their time to build the bikes. The BMX bikes are now available for use during after-school programs and are stored at the track for kids to use during summer races.

To encourage kids and adults alike to try racing, Coal Hills offers a free first race to new riders, and now with the bikes on hand at the track anyone who wants to try racing can give it a try. The club has also recently acquired a selection of helmets and armour to loan with the bikes.

“This makes a significant impact to those getting into the sport for the first time and to those who can’t afford to buy new bikes and equipment, I can’t thank CCSS enough; you guys rock,” reacted Tony Henderson, president of Coal Hills BMX.

Coal Hills offers gate practice on Monday evenings and racing is Thursday nights all summer. Contact the club at 250-400-1816 for more information.

CCSS is a non-profit society that promotes life-long learning, health and wellbeing by providing programs and services to Cumberland residents. For more information, contact ccss.coordinator@gmail.com or find CCSS on Facebook.

— Cumberland Community Schools Society

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay council gives second reading to contentious development proposal

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo Scott Stanfield photo

Following a one-year pause due to the pandemic, the Snowbirds were back in the skies over the Comox Valley Wednesday (May 5) morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Video: Snowbirds hold first training session in Comox Valley in more than 2 years

The team will conduct their training from May 4 to 26 in the area

Some of the affidavits filed come from family members of Casa Loma and Comox Valley Seniors Village residents in Courtenay. Record file photo
Courtenay seniors’ homes included in class action suit

Plaintiffs in early stage of applying for class certification on suit

Untreated gypsy moth populations can cause significant damage to forests, farms, orchards and urban trees. File photo
Aerial gypsy moth control spraying scheduled for Courtenay

The aerial-spray treatments to prevent gypsy moth infestations are scheduled for the… Continue reading

MARS can now offer private spaces for its orphaned fawns. Photo by Pearl MacKenzie.
Housing natural enemies a challenge for Merville’s Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

Jane Sproull Thomson Special to Black Press If you’ve ever had a… Continue reading

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
Clash between loggers, activists halts forestry operations over Fairy Creek

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

The courthouse in Nanaimo, B.C. (News Bulletin file)
Island man sentenced in Nanaimo after causing a dog unnecessary pain and suffering

Kiefer Tyson Giroux, 26, of Nanoose Bay, given six-month sentence

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

Most Read