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Learn mountain biking basics in northern Minnesota | Twin Cities Agenda

If you are like me and like the idea of Mountain Biking, but have no idea where to start, there is a great program coming up to help: You can learn mountain biking basics at  Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during one of the three I Can Mountain Bike! programs. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, which is located near near Brainerd, features 25 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. It also has an eight-mile paved trail.

This program takes place Saturday, Aug. 11 at three different times:

9am to 11:30am
12pm to 2:30pm
3pm to 5:30pm

The program is broken into two parts to ensure everyone is ready for riding on a trail: During the first half of the program, participants will practice shifting, braking and body position in a wide open setting. During the second half, they’ll take a guided ride and explore the single-track mountain-bike trails.

No need to worry if you don’t have a bike – or don’t feel like dragging one with you. Use of bikes and helmets will be included with the registration fee of $15/child and $25/adult. Children should be at least 10 years old to participate and should be able to comfortably ride a bike on pavement prior to attending this program. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit $7/day or $35/year-round is also required to enter the park.

Please note that reservations are required and can be made online or by phone.

  • CLICK: mndnr.gov/reservations (24 hours a day).
  • CALL: 866-857-2757 between 8am and 8pm daily, excluding holidays.

Learn mountain biking basics in northern Minnesota | Twin Cities Agenda

I Can Mountain Bike!

I Can Mountain Bike! is part of a series of skill-building programs offered by the DNR’s Division of Parks and Trails. Other programs in the series introduce camping, fishing, paddling and archery.

The I Can! programs are made possible with support from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

For more information about any of the I Can! programs—including program dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements—visit www.mndnr.gov/ican or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday).

(All information in this article from this press release)

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