MTB for More
Mountain bikers of all ages are drawn to Hale’s rugged, varied terrain just miles from Boston’s city line, and we’ve been eagerly expanding youth mountain biking program over the past five years. We’re thrilled with our progress and are helping hundreds of riders advance, but with your help, we can do more.
Hale MTB Camp focuses on skill-building and ride time for an existing community of young mountain bikers. Wild Ones MTB is growing that community through a fantastic team of volunteer coaches who coordinate weekly rides and opportunities to participate in races and events throughout New England. Intrepid Academy at Hale students enjoy weekly after-school rides as part of their semester at Hale.
A forward-looking donor helped us acquire a small fleet of bikes two years ago, and we’ve used them to deliver lessons about Boston’s Southwest Corridor while riding through it. Talk about place-based, experiential learning! Unfortunately, the fleet is too small to serve the number of potential riders waiting in the wings. They’re left to watch a lucky few zip past them. They stand little chance of becoming the sport’s next generation of riders, counselors, and teachers.
We aim to raise $20,000 that, combined with a separate effort through the Outride Fund, will provide $30,000 in support for our youth mountain biking programs. More bikes, more equipment, improved training for staff and volunteers, and additions to Hale’s skills park are all part of the plan.
When riders can’t come to Hale, we’ll go to them. A new cargo trailer will mobilize staff and eliminate barriers urban riders face. Your contribution will make a difference:
- $1,600 makes a Trek Roscoe with dropper post, helmet, and gloves available for one intermediate or advanced rider
- $825 makes a hardtail Trek Marlin 5 or Specialized Riprock with helmet and gloves available for one beginner
- $500 funds a new feature at the skills park—we have a bridge drop in mind
- $250 supports our annual bike tune-up program
- $100 purchases more helmets, tubes, and tools