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Club celebrates cycling in city


In the spirit of developing Dauphin as a biking community, Dauphin Derailleurs Cycling Club (DDCC) is hosting Bike Week, June 3 to 9.
“We’re just trying to bring the profile of cycling and active living up in the community of Dauphin,” DDCC board member Melisa Stefaniw explained, noting the week is packed with activities focussing on bike safety and maintenance, plus an introduction to all things bicycle.
DDCC has been offering free bicycle workshops that started in May, she said, and one of them will be featured the week of Bike Week, June 4, with the final one, June 11.
The week kicked off June 3 with a community ride on the newly-finished Co-op Family Loop, by the Riding Mountain National Park gate and the city’s water treatment plant.
“The community ride is being led by the president of Dauphin Derailleurs and everyone is just welcome to come out and explore the family loop up at its location,” Stefaniw said, adding those attending can learn about the bike trail project, as well.
“We’ve got a couple representatives that’ll be out explaining a little bit more about where those trails will extend and the scope of the project, just how big it is.”
A recreational ride highlighting the active transport routes throughout the city, including the new bike lanes and safe places to ride from one facility to the next, including Vermillion Park, she added, is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Meadowlark Park, June 7.
The club also has a variety of things going on for youth, Stefaniw noted, talking about bike safety, maintenance and the cycling culture.
On June 5, she said, a bike safety clinic is at Credit Union Place, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a Kids of Mud (KOM) demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. in Vermillion Park.
“That’s just coming out and watching, if you’ve been curious about Kids of Mud, what the program is, how it works. If you want to see what the kids do during that hour of the week with us, and meet the coaches, we’re all going to be there,” Stefaniw said.
“We’ve got a full roster of 40 kids this year, so it is pretty exciting. And we’re also looking for more coaches, so that we can expand that programming next year.”
KOM is the official youth cycling program of the Manitoba Cycling Association, administered by a group of participating clubs and is a learn-to-ride and learn-to-race program for youth, 16 and younger.
A KOM demonstration race is set for June 8 at 10 a.m. in Vermillion Park, she added.
“That’s in preparation for the actual sanctioned race that we’ll be hosting on Aug. 11 at Selo, once the new competition course is finished,” Stefaniw added.
A trail building night has been scheduled for June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with volunteers meeting at the upper Selo hall.
DDCC has a contest running throughout Bike Week, she noted, where residents of Dauphin and the RM of Dauphin are asked to post “biking everywhere” pictures to the Dauphin Derailleurs Facebook and Instagram pages, using the tag #bikeweek2019.
“We’ve got Blacks on board again to support us this year, which we’re grateful for, for an awesome cycling prize pack that will include all kinds of gear for getting out on the trails and your bike,” Stefaniw said, adding she is looking forward to seeing all the pictures.
For more information, visit the DDCC Facebook page, as activities and itineraries will be posted.

M. A. Nyquist