Mountain Bike Rodeo: 'It's just my thing, I really like it'

Mountain Bike Rodeo: 'It's just my thing, I really like it'

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Trips for Kids organization held a bicycle training course in front of Dick's Sporting Goods in Eugene, hoping to pave the way for better bike handling skills. 

One Eugene-area kid spent his Saturday morning practicing his biking skills on the course. Like many 10-year-olds, Evan Bottomley likes to go fast. 

"So far my record is 50 seconds" said Bottomley. "I usually BMX race on the dirt tracks like the ones behind Autzen stadium."

Bottomley put his skills to a new track Saturday at what the Trips for Kids organization called the 'Mountain Bike Rodeo'. The course has a series of jumps and obstacles that challenged the biking ability of youths like Bottomley.

Trips for Kids holds a series of events like this one, with the aim of getting kids to spend more time outdoors.

"Studies have shown that mentally and emotionally being outside is more healthy for you." said John Herbert, an organizer for Trips for Kids.

For Evan, it provides a chance to stay active and have fun at the same time.

"It's just my thing, I really like it." said Bottomley.

Visit the Trips For Kids website for a list of other outdoor events.