VIDEO: Mountain bikers pedal for paddles

By paNOW Staff
June 10, 2013 - 6:21am
Mountain biker at the race. paNOW photo by Sean Leslie.
Mountain biker at the race. paNOW photo by Sean Leslie.
Teamate tagging at the switching station. paNOW photo by Sean Leslie.
Teamate tagging at the switching station. paNOW photo by Sean Leslie.

Dozens of mountain bikers hit the trails at Red River Park on Sunday afternoon to raise money that will be used to improve emergency health care in the Prince Albert community.

The funds raised by the first two Pine Needle Mountain Bike Festivals went towards the Rotary Trail and KidSport.

This year, the proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to be deployed throughout the city.

“We teamed up with Parkland Ambulance and the health district to come up with places that need them the most and install them into those community centres,” said festival co-ordinator Mike Horn.

The event featured a six-hour bike ride designed as a relay event for teams of either two or four. The course consisted of a 6.5 kilometre loop and riders were able to tag in their team members at the switching stations after one or more laps.

The goal of the event is to see what team can complete the most laps, although Horn pointed out that most teams weren’t taking the competition too seriously.

There was a lot to do for people who weren’t riding in the relay like musical entertainment and food vendors. There were also activities for children, including a bike safety rodeo that was run by Fresh Air Experience.

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