Kialani Hines, Eliot Jackson, Austin Warren & Brian Lopes Introduce Kids to Cycling

Dec 15, 2020
by AllKidsBike  
All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
19-time Mountain Bike Champion and BMX Hall-of-Famer, Brian Lopes, led a star-studded crew of cyclists from all disciplines to wild wiles of Northwest Arkansas to ride, rage, go for something wildly ambitious: cultivate the future of the sport. NBD.

Words by All Kids Bike


Why would a star-studded group of pedalers head to flyover country during COVID to ride bikes?

For a thruple of reasons. To explore the trails of the up and coming MTB mecca. To help out some cool organizations. And to give back by spreading the two-wheel stoke to some young ‘uns.

Brian Lopes led the multidisciplinary crew from MTB, BMX, road, and even the kayak world to Bentonville, Arkansas. Pedalers included Kialani Hines, Austin ”Bubba” Warren, and Eliot Jackson, to name a few.


bigquotesWe were stoked to be back in the land of OZ Trails in Northwest Arkansas for the second consecutive year. The Walton Family Foundation, Bike Bentonville, NWA Trailblazers and BikeNWA have built a world-class cycling destination.Brian Lopes


The athletes were there to support All Kids Bike, a nationwide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, that’s on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bicycle in kindergarten PE class.

bigquotesThis trip was a highlight of the year, especially seeing the kids when we delivered those bikes to Sugar Creek Elementary. The All Kids Bike program is changing kids’ lives. It’s great to see the excitement and the confidence the kids get when they first learn how to ride their new bikes.Brian Lopes


The trip provided some time for the athletes to reflect on the age-old question posed by a Texan more than a decade ago: is it about the bike?


All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
If you’re in the right place at the right time, the first taste of the gnar is free. And an MTB Crankworx Gold Medalist is there to spread the stoke.


bigquotesRiding a bike is fundamental in developing skills in school, and it gives kids the confidence to do new things and conquer the world.Kialani Hines


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bigquotesLearning how to ride a bike gets kids outside, learning how to adapt to the world, seeing what's happening, and gives them the balance between life, freedom, building friendships and having fun.Austin Warren


All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
Mike “Hucker” Clark shows the kids that surfing is possible, even in landlocked Arkansas. Hucker and Corey Martinez gave the kids a taste of what’s possible before helping to donate the bikes last month.


“Learning to ride a bike builds confidence and defines ultimate freedom to go as you please and go from point A to point B on your own terms,” explained Hucker.


All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
Sometimes a stoke-filled smile makes a caption irrelevant. But we persist.


“Riding bikes builds so much confidence and creates community. I met some of my best friends riding bikes,” says World Cup DH racer and Grow Cycling Foundation founder Eliot Jackson.


All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
You see a fierce lineup of future competitors. We see a fashion game that’s on point.


“The future starts with investing in the youth. The bicycle transcends your life. It’s the common denominator that changes the course of one’s life to be healthier, which inevitably will be passed down to the next generation,” says 10x National Crit Champ and founder of the Bahati Foundation, Rahsaan Bahati. Bahati knows a thing or two about mentorship. The founder of L39GION of Los Angeles — the team that’s disrupting American road racing — Justin Williams, gives Bahati props on the regular for taking his tutelage. Williams is one of many.


All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.


“The pace for onboarding schools and delivering bikes is picking up exponentially,” said Ryan McFarland, All Kids Bike Founder, who was in attendance all week. “Riding bikes is a wonderful activity for kids, especially this year. It’s naturally distanced, great exercise, fun for the kids, and it gets them off their computer screens.”

Over the past two years, All Kids Bike funded 231 schools in 36 states, impacting more than 37,000 students. Thanks to donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations like the Walton Family Foundation and BikeNWA, All Kids Bike places Kindergarten PE Learn-to-Ride programs into public schools for free.

The Kindergarten PE Program supports critical health and safety needs, including spatial awareness: Teaches the concept and understanding of “safe distancing” to a child. And if this photo shows us anything, it’s that Kialani Hines took the message of distancing to heart.

All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.

The Walton Family Foundation, at the direction of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, gave a grant to Bike Bentonville and Visit Bentonville, which organizes the All-Star Week event to showcase the local area. The schools are supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to BikeNWA, which implements the All Kids Bike program.

All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.
Manual in the buffalo boxcar FTW.
All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.

All Kids Bike ALL STAR Ride 2020.


Thinking about throwing a few bucks to a good cause this holiday season? “We have a lot of schools on our waitlist for funding and for bikes,” says Ryan McFarland, All Kids Bike Founder. “We’re always looking for funding, but what we can raise now – before the end of this year – gives us time to train teachers and order equipment, so programs can be in place for the Spring semester. We can have thousands more kids riding bikes next Summer if we can raise the necessary funds now.”

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44 Comments

  • 44 0
 Our local MTB Instagram blew up the week when all these legends were hucking around and building tiny bikes. Programs like this mean the future of our sport looks bright.
  • 1 0
 This is the best news I've read in a while. So awesome to see more kids on bikes!
  • 27 0
 Nothing better than kids stoked on bikes! As long as Lopes is not giving parking lessons, I wholeheartedly approve of this content!
  • 36 0
 *punches baby*
  • 2 0
 @karpiel002: Post of the year
  • 4 0
 @karpiel002: Lopez knows all about the punches ????
  • 7 3
 @sammyboy2038: I always cringe when I see that video. Dude is such a weird douche bag
  • 2 1
 @onlyDH: Huge tool
  • 5 4
 That video shows the punch but not the context. Brian specifically asked NOT to be sprayed with champagne because he had no more clean clothes to travel back home. Brian also said "If you spray me, I'll punch you." If I'd done that to him after he said all that, I'd expect to be punched and I'd deserve it. You see what you want to see.
  • 2 4
 @iamamodel: It doesn't make violence right just because you tell someone you're going to do it. Wife beaters tell their wives they're going to 'get it' all the time if they don't act right, doesn't make it right. What is Lopes a f*cking minimalist douche? Dude should have brought more clothes if he wanted to podium.
  • 3 0
 @revolt: You really went there? Totally different situations, and equating the two is ignorant, wrong and completely oblivious to the power imbalance in your example.

Pinkbike's Vernon Felton interviewed both afterwards. Have a read and if you think Lopes was out of line you need to read situations better for your own safety.
  • 14 0
 I work in the public school system and am in grad school to be a school social worker. In my experience working with kids, getting them outdoors on bikes is one of the best positive interventions we can do. I work with a local organization leading bike trips and wrenching on bikes. For all of you out there who enjoy working on bikes. put an ad on Craiglist seeking bike donations for local schools. You will be surprised at how many people have perfectly good kids bikes collecting dust in the garage. Once you get them cleaned up go to your local schools and talk to the counselors or principals and they will most likely have a list of underprivileged kids who would love to have a bike.
  • 4 0
 Cheers to that! I have been a teacher for 18 years now, and a coach for a bit longer than that. I love being a part of the outdoor education side of things. Creating opportunities for kids to learn outside of the classroom and getting them stoked on something new, is what it is all about.
  • 1 0
 Why doesn’t this post have hundreds of +?
  • 14 0
 We love it!!!
  • 10 0
 Came to make a joke about kids going home with black eyes with Lopes around. Left feeling good about the future of humanity, at least until I tune into the real world again.
  • 14 4
 Fuck yeah, love this wholesome shit!
  • 7 0
 My sentiments too. Made me smile seeing these future rides having a go. A Thank You to all those out there making this happen.
  • 1 0
 Kids introducing kids to kids--careful with that first taste, Eugene
  • 1 0
 Awesome comment
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the comments and support! Heads up for those who have asked, we have a matching funds campaign here through the end of the year, up to $10,000: support.allkidsbike.org/all-kids-bike-2020-general-fund

Thanks again!
  • 5 0
 Way to go All Kids Bike and Strider!

Adopt a school in your town here! allkidsbike.org
  • 2 0
 This is awesome. Does the program advise parents on a proper bike for outside of class? A cheap freestyle BMX is easily the choice for the masses, especially in the city, and Mongoose sells them for like 170$ on Amazon. I'd hope we could push parents this direction instead of all of the weird random junk that is "disposable" and leaves kids only able to sit and pedal. More cheap BMX bikes means more REALLY cheap used BMX bikes...and that is a key part in advancing kids on bikes. But parents have to be told what to get. Plus nothing teaches foundational bike skills, for all disciplines, like a freestyle BMX.
  • 2 0
 It’s been great to watch the passion of Steve Blick come to fruition with this project. He is an incredibly intelligent dude who can put together a great program that gets people excited about the future of kids riding bikes.
  • 5 0
 Bro, these aren’t carbon!

Seriously, nice to see this.
  • 6 0
 Specialized is sponsoring one for over-privileged children. It's being held in the American Dental Association parking lot.
  • 1 0
 My kids attended a pre-k program(pre-covid) and during the winter would play indoors in a big gymnasium. A few years back we bought the school 5 balance bikes. The kids were so excited that the teachers had to set timers for everyone to take turns. This is an awesome program!
  • 1 0
 Awesomeness everyone! Between All Kids Bike, NICA, Trips For Kids, Bikin' Dads Adventures, Grow Cycling Foundation thinking the world is a rad place & growing. How to spread this love globally & equally when many programs large or small are struggling during this pandemic. Industry or non industry folk, pro or weekend greenway rider, "it takes a village"!
  • 3 0
 @AllKidsBike: Did I miss it, or did you forget to post a link that will let people donate to this awesome cause?
  • 3 0
 support.allkidsbike.org

Thanks for asking!!!
  • 1 0
 @AllKidsBike: Awesome! If you guys could edit your article to include this link in concluding paragraph where you asked for support, you are bound to see a significant increase in giving: as a group, PBers are generous w/ support, but crunched for time. Make it a one-click opportunity, and the support will flow in!
  • 2 0
 Awesome stuff. Maybe the folks buying the carbon Specialized push bikes should instead buy a regular push bike and donate their excess of money to a good cause like this.
  • 4 2
 Is Bike-NWA affiliated with the fine musicians from Compton that are displeased with the local constabulary?
  • 3 1
 How is it a guy who punched someone on the podium promoting cycling to kids?
  • 2 0
 So freaking rad! I love this movement!
  • 2 0
 this is where it all starts I ;love this post.
  • 1 0
 Mike Clark is such a rad BMX rider.
  • 1 0
 Keep up the stoke @AllKidsBike, Strider, and crew. Thanks for giving back.
  • 2 1
 Why are the kids wearing shirts?
  • 2 0
 wrong site?
  • 1 1
 Do the kids wear helmets so it hurts less when Lopes punches them?
  • 1 0
 Buddypegs!
  • 1 2
 put your mask up omg!! weight..

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