Kids of Mud (KOM) is the official youth cycling program of the Manitoba Cycling Association (MCA) administered by a group of participating clubs. KOM is a learn-to-ride and learn-to-race program for kids 16 and younger covering the Fundamentals, Learn to Train and Train to Train stages of the Long Term Athlete Development pathway. The Kids of Mud training program is run by volunteer, NCCP-certified coaches in clubs located in Winnipeg, Steinbach, McCreary, Swan River, Russell, Minnedosa, Dauphin, Stonewall and The Pas!
Through the help of certified coaches and other volunteers, riders will learn the basics of off-road cycling with an opportunity to challenge their skill and fitness in any of the MCA mountain bike races open to age category racers.
Riders are registered with the MCA in one of these recognized youth cycling categories: under 17, under 15, under 13, under 11 and under 9 (based on their age as of December 31 of this year).
Training typically takes place twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) beginning mid/late April and wrapping up at the end of June. Kids wishing to ride must have a helmet (it must be an approved cycling-specific helmet), a mountain bike with hand brakes and gears, and able to ride their bike without training wheels. Training with Kids of Mud includes safety, braking, gears, hills, racing (optional), riding over small and large obstacles, trail riding & trail etiquette, and more.
Most clubs ride on Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from the 3rd week in April to the end of June. Ask your club about their confirmed schedule.
All participants with a race membership are eligible to participate in all Manitoba Cycling Association sanctioned races throughout the season.