Pinkbike's Share The Ride Brings Bikes to Kids in Exshaw, Alberta

Dec 10, 2018
by Stephen Exley  
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Teaming up with our sponsors and distributors globally, Pinkbike's Share The Ride raises money to bring disadvantaged children from all over the world the opportunity to share the joy of being on two wheels by providing them with bicycles, helmets and locks. Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has raised over $200,000 and brought smiles to hundreds of children around the world. Once again, our industry friends have come to the table with tons of incredible prizes for you to win this year, including a Cannondale Habit and a Norco Bicycles Range, with more being added all the time.

You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to give away free bikes until you take on a challenge like hosting a Pinkbike Share The Ride event. Sure, it's easy enough to find a place that will open their doors, take the bikes, say thank you, then promptly send you on your way. Finding a partner and working with a group whose members' lives will be positively impacted by these bikes is the hard part. For my third Share the Ride event, Kim Brennan at Pinkbike threw an additional curveball at me by asking my me to look outside Calgary – where I live – to host my 2018 event. Where to start? Youth groups, tribal councils, charity organizations? I decided to start with what I know and called the bike shops in the area! My first call was to Bike Bros in Cochrane, and the manager there was able to pass on several contacts at local schools that have Principals or Assistant Principals who mountain bike themselves. Hosting an event like this means the staff, teachers and Principals need to put even more on their plate and not all of them have the time or want to take on the responsibility of partnering with an event like this. Enter Shannon Fox; the physical education teacher at the Exshaw Elementary School just outside Canmore, Alberta and the Morley First Nations Reserve. I told Shannon who I was and want I wanted to do – she was IN!

I went out to meet with Shannon and her Principal and meet some of the students at the Exshaw elementary school and I was hooked. This is was the place and these kids deserved this huge leg up from the users at Pinkbike – but with several hundred kids and only fifteen bikes from GT Bicycles, how could I best help them? After a few calls – folks stepped up! Bryce at Calgary Cycle added another five bikes from Devinci Cycles, then Paul from Outside Bike and Ski donated another five bikes from Norco bringing our total to twenty-five. Kali supported the event with twenty-five helmets and ABUS locks helped ensure the bikes stayed safe with a burly lock for every bike.

In the past I worked with the school and we donated the bikes to specific students. That wasn’t going to have the best impact here and it wasn’t going to have the effect I wanted. After discussions with Shannon we decided that this fleet of twenty-five brand new bikes would be donated directly to the school to be used to create the very first mountain bike program in the area. The town of Exshaw has a brand new pump track, great local trails like Prospector, and is close to the huge trail network at the Canmore Nordic Centre for the kids to take advantage of. This program will benefit students in grades five, six and seven and could last for years as the kids get a sense of freedom and independence that only riding a mountain bike can give.

With the help of a great volunteer crew we all met up on Friday morning, offloaded the bikes, took a few photos, then started building the bikes. The school brought in individual classes to help and I think this is when it really hit the students the scope of what was going down. These weren’t WalMart bikes or from a secondhand shop, these were top notch mountain bikes with disc brakes, name brand components and front suspension. The kids did not hesitate and were excited to help build up the bikes with close instruction from our bike builders.

Once all twenty-five bikes were built up, our bike builders got to see what they had done by not only building a bike but by lighting a fuse of excitement and freedom in these kids. One after another, students entered the gym grabbed a bike and did what every mountain biker I have ever known has done with a new bike – squeeze the brakes, push down the front suspension and give an approving look to their buddy.

Normally this is when the event is over, we break down the bike boxes, sort out the recycling, get rid of the garbage and leave. Not this time. With the help of Local Motion, Brave Communications, GT Cycles and SRAM, we still had more to give. Once all the classes were in the gym, a prayer was given and everyone got to see the gift of just over $10,000 in bikes, locks and helmets altogether – the building blocks of Exshaw Elementary’s Mountain Bike program. After a few speeches and thank yous the talent portion of the event started – Red Path Talent: two tribal hoop dancers that entertained the kids and adults alike, but also spoke of staying away from the bad demons and leading a lifestyle committed to living a life of adventure, respect, friendship, love, and empowerment. To say this was a good day is truly an understatement and really doesn’t take in the full impact of what the Pinkbike Share The Ride foundation accomplished at this school – not only for the day, but for the future – and every user that donated, built a bike, or helped out in any way should be proud.

Information on the Share The Ride foundation can be found here: www.pinkbike.com/sharetheride

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
The man behind the event, better known in BC for hosting some of the best downhill events in Canada

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
The first load of bikes arrives at the Exshaw Elementry

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
Students take over and start building a bike on their own

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
This smile says a lot about how the day went for everyone involved

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School


2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

bigquotesIt was such an amazing gift that Pinkbike Share the ride program gave to Exshaw School. I now have the ability to run a bike program within the physical education program. Some of the kids here don’t own bike or have never even ridden one and are so excited to learn. I now get to share my passion of biking with them and hopefully show them the health benefits, freedom and joy of riding a bike. Thank you to Pinkbike and all of the sponsors that contributed to make this happen.Shannon Fox, Teacher

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School

2018 Share The Ride Event Photos by Peter Dyck petestick Exshaw Elementary School
A HUGE thank you to all the Pinkbike users that donated to this years Share The Ride Foundation

A very special thank-you to the following for working together to make this event a success:
Stephen Exley - SE Racing
Kim Brennan - Pinkbike
Calgary Cycle
Brave Communications
GT Bikes
Outside Bikes and Ski
Abus Locks
Kali Protectives
Exshaw Elementary School
Red Path Talent | www.redpathtalent.com
Local Motion
Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Fest | http://plaidgoat.ca/
Shannon Fox
SRAM
Richard Ratte
Reg Mullet
Nicole Romanow

Along with all the Pinkbike Users who donated to Share the Ride in 2017

Video: Steve Dunn
Photos: Peter Dyck

Interested in hosting a Share the Ride event in your community? We are always happy to hear from you - please let us know more about yourself HERE



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17 Comments

  • + 14
 What a great area to promote interest in mountain biking. If you are ever in the area try Prospector in Exshaw or if you are an enduro type razors edge across the valley. Love seeing stories like this!
  • + 8
 This is really cool. Sometimes a helping hand is needed right here in our community as opposed to halfway around the world. What a positive impact this will have on these children. Mega kudos to all those involved!
  • + 2
 Let's do both!
  • + 8
 Do not lay flat.
  • + 5
 This is great, Pinkbike! We need to keep our younger generation active and away from their electronics!
  • + 1
 Oh man, how great is that... that’s a dozen kids whose parents can tell them to go play outside, and they can now go out and ride into the woods, instead of doing what my friends and I did, just wandering around with a stick, banging around looking for trouble & daring each other to get into it. Glad to see it.
  • + 1
 Thank you Pink Bike and everyone that helps share our passion for cycling with new generations. Given Exshaw's location we can expect to see new riders joining us on trails and hopefully creating new ones. And what about the bike industry itself, just shows that they also share the love. Gotta love the giving season.
  • + 1
 Imagine a mountain bike program in physical education at school. Next generation of eager shredders. Maybe some will stick with the sport , become trail builders or open a bike shop.
  • + 1
 More bike history around there than you'd think. Rad was filmed just down river in 1986. Nice to see something coming back to the kids in Morely
  • + 1
 I realize the day has passed already, but does anyone know if the school need some further volunteer help with keeping the bikes rolling?
  • + 1
 I'm sure they do.. Reach out to the school directly. Just ask to speak with the Assistant Principle when you call.
  • + 1
 Nice work, Pink Bike, Calgary Cycle and all other sponsors and volunteers! Great to see you helping out the Morley and Exshaw community.
  • + 1
 Great way to start the day in light of all the doom and gloom in the news nowadays. Who can honestly ride their bike and not smile? Go ride your bike! Great work PB!
  • + 1
 This is just great! Love the idea of these guys bringing happiness on two wheels for all these kids! Great job Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 Now that's my kind of phys ed program! Great respect for all those who made this happen.
  • + 1
 This is great! You can never go wrong giving a bicycle to a child.
  • + 1
 This is awesome to see. Serious props to everyone involved.

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