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Get your family ready for Tour de Pierce

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Tour de Pierce is a bicycle ride through central Pierce County for fitness and fun, promoting bicycle awareness and safety. Participating in a community bike ride as a family is a great way to provide some outdoor bonding time. There are three routes and the 12-mile route presents a flat, easy ride that is perfect for a family bike ride. The bike ride is Sunday, June 29, 2014 but it’s not too early to start getting your family ready.

Safety first
The Tour de Pierce course is on local roads where traffic will be encountered. No tricycles or training wheels are allowed. It is a parental decision to determine if a child is prepared to ride the Tour De Pierce. Make sure everyone has well-functioning bicycles, well-inflated tires, and well-fitted helmets before you start training.

Start with basic riding skills
Beginners and folks that have not been on a bike in some time should practice basic riding skills. Before hitting the road be comfortable with starting, braking, straight line riding, slow riding, and turning. Ride around your neighborhood or at a park. Orange safety cones could even be set up to practice steering.

Preparing for the bike tour
Be sure to have proper clothing suitable for cold-weather riding. Get the family together and ride as often as you can because some training is better than none. Start with an easy, paved route a few miles long and gradually add more distance. As the weather gets nicer, try to stick with going out at least once a week. As the tour approaches, some other things to practice include:

  • obeying traffic laws
  • getting your water bottle out while riding
  • riding in a group
  • changing gears
  • interacting with other trail and road users

Make it fun as you prepare
With the right planning, bike riding together as a family can be lots of fun. Choose a destination like a restaurant and have lunch together before riding back. Explore different neighborhoods and trails that offer beautiful scenery.

Starting your training early will help everyone in your family feel comfortable on a bike by the time the tour comes. Being prepared will allow for everyone to have fun and enjoy the tour.

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