When I first started blogging, I often featured events in and around the Greater Toronto Area that may be of interest to my readers – especially if they’re family friendly and an affordable way to show the kids a good time. Thing is, over the years my readership expanded, and I felt kind of weird just speaking to my local friends.
However, I’ve decided that this year, I’d like to (somewhat) return to my roots and feature 1-2 local family events per month. Just my way of staying in tune with my community and keeping my blog relevant for long-time fans.
Now my first featured event is something I know boys of all ages dream of – joyriding with bike pros.
WHAT – Specialized is inviting kids of all ages from across the GTA to ride with three pros who are pushing the limits and redefining what it means to get air on their bikes. Daniel Dhers, Mike Montgomery and Darren Berrecloth are three of the top Freeride Mountain Bikers (BMX, Dirt Jumps, Big Mountain) and GTA kids will have a chance to ride with their idols at Joyride 150 – Canada’s best and most popular indoor mountain bike park.
WHEN – Friday January 18, 2013: 7pm Screening of “WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS”, Q&A with Darren Berrecloth
Saturday January 19, 2013: 10:00am – Ride with Specialized Athletes; 3:00pm – Autographs
Sunday January 20, 2013: 10:00am – Ride with Specialized Athletes; 3:00pm – Bike Giveaway
WHERE – JoyRide 150 Indoor Bike Park, 150 Bullock Drive, Markham, ON L3P 1W2
COST – Day Pass – Weekend (Sat-Sun) $28; 2-Day Weekend Pass (Sat+Sun) $44
*There is a one-time-only $5 start-up fee the first time you register at Joyride150 – this covers the cost of the waiver, processing, photo, and club card (which never expires!)
GOOD TO KNOW – A Bike and a Helmet is required to ride but there is also equipment for rental. There is something for riders of all levels at Joyride 150… from beginners to experts. Sections, trails, lines & jumps will all be marked according to the ski trail system: GREEN CIRCLE for beginner, BLUE SQUARE for intermediate, and BLACK DIAMOND for expert. It is expected that you will use good judgment and ride within your skill level.
Here’s some footage from last year’s event. I’m not a pre-pubescent boy, but I can certainly see what the fascination is. Those are some cool tricks!