Seventy five cyclists creaked and squeaked their way to the Jasper Park Cycling Association’s first ever Clunker Ride.
The all-ages event invited bikers of all stripes to enjoy BBQ and beverages at Jasper House Bungalows. The group left from town and rode along Jasper’s easy trail network before receiving a warm welcome from Jasper Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem, who was serving up burgers and dogs as part of his ongoing fundraising campaign for MS.
The highlight of the evening was the kids’ bike race. Not kids on bikes, rather, kids’ bikes. Participants raced against each other on tiny two-wheelers in an elimination series. The eventual winner was a bike riding reporter who, in the interest of providing objective coverage on the JPCA through his news stories, had decided against purchasing a membership to the association. Defending that position amongst a stronghold of passionate cyclists would prove to be more challenging than staying upright on the mini-bike after a couple of IPAs.
The JPCA hosts trail maintenance sessions every second Wednesday evening and provides a voice for cyclists in Jasper. They work with Parks Canada and the Jasper Trail Alliance to improve cycling experiences in Jasper National Park.
To learn more about the Jasper Park Cycling Association or to purchase a membership, visit jasperparkcycling.com or find them on Facebook.