Cook County’s new youth mountain bike team is set to launch in August
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Cook County’s new youth mountain bike team is set to launch in August

Cook County youth will soon be able to participate in a new outdoor recreation team.

A new mountain biking team for students from 6th to 12th grade is scheduled to be formed in August.

Melissa and Brian Gregg, who recently moved to Grand Marais from Rochester, Minnesota, are spearheading the new mountain bike team initiative and are hosting an informational event for parents and youth at North Point on Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m. to gauge community interest.

“Every parent we’ve talked to so far has said, ‘Oh, wow, that’s great,’” Brian Gregg said. “A lot of kids have said they’re interested, too.”

The July 18 meeting will cover details on practice frequency, the join and participate process, required gear, and more. “This meeting is really to let everyone know what it’s going to look like if they sign up as a team and form a group to ride together,” Melissa Gregg said.

The team, which is set to begin training in August, can accommodate up to 14 kids and is open to all skill levels. Melissa and Greg said they will finalize further details after seeing how many young people are interested in joining the team. “We’re still working on it,” Melissa Gregg said. “But everyone will practice one day a week.”

During this time, training and fitness rides will take place on nearby Grand Marais trails, such as Pincushion on the Gitchi-Gami Bike Trail.

Melissa and Brian have over a decade of mountain biking experience and are Minnesota Cycling Association Level 3 coaches. In 2011, the pair founded and coached a mountain bike team at Rochester High School.

WTIP’s Kalli Hawkins spoke with Melissa and Brian Gregg about the newly formed youth mountain bike team and their upcoming informational event. Below is the audio recording of the interview.