It’s rodeo time

About 100 kids and their parents got to perfect their cycling skills and safety practices at a May 11 Kids’ Bike Rodeo in downtown Morgan Hill. Pictured above, Topiltzin Dominguez and 21-month-old daughter Huitzi enjoy the May 11 Bike Rodeo course under clear, sunny skies.

Held on a closed course in the parking lot at the corner of Depot and First streets, the event was hosted by the Bike Therapy store, City of Morgan Hill, Chamber of Commerce, downtown association and the planning committee for the Amgen Tour of California, which made its way to Morgan Hill again May 14. The rodeo also featured face painting, slime making and rock painting stations. The purpose of the Bike Rodeo, according to Bike Therapy co-owner Doug Hall, was “to get more kids on bikes.”

Part of that overall effort includes recent fundraising efforts conducted by Hall, Bike Therapy and other members of the community. At the Bike Rodeo, David Wood of the non-profit Morgan Hill-based Specialized Foundation presented a check to Hall for equipment for the new local high school mountain bike team, the Coyotes. Hall said the team has been doing its own fundraising lately, and the Specialized Foundation offered to match what the team has raised, for a total of $5,750. The funds will be used to purchase practice trainers, loaner bikes for the high school team members and other equipment.

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