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SPORTS
" Anything you can think of, you
have a way to do it in Bristol, " says
Dr.
Josh
Medeiros,
superintendent
of Bristol Parks, Recreation,
Youth and Community Services
(BPRYCS). " The city has a really
strong youth sports program, including
little league, youth football
and cheer, soccer, basketball, tennis
and more. "
But to some residents, there was
still a gap in the types of opportunities
available for young people
in the community - in particular,
for youth less interested in traditional
team sports.
Concerned
these youth might be left out of the
youth sports equation, community
members took action.
This was the case for Brian Archibald,
who alongside his friend,
Mike Seery, founded the nonprofit
known as Bike Bristol. " My sons
started riding mountain bikes because
the traditional ball sports
weren't
really working for them,
especially [for] my older son, " says
Archibald. " Suddenly, he had a
thing that was his. It became his
place. " And as the Archibalds' passion
for mountain biking grew, they
realized that the right facilities were
lacking in Bristol. " Kids ride on the
road, doing wheelies down the middle
of the road. And we thought,
'We've gotta get somewhere
for these kids to go and do their
stuff,' " notes Archibald.
That's why Archibald, Seery and
other members of the community
approached BPRYCS in 2018, with
a proposal for a five-mile mountain
biking loop through Bristol's Rockwell
Park. Situated on slightly
more than 100 acres near
the heart of downtown
Bristol, Rockwell Park
was a natural fit for
the new facilities,
especially given the focus on providing
accessible opportunities to everyone
in the community. " The department
and the Parks Board loved the
idea, [so] despite some obstacles, we
said...let's find a way to do it, " recalls
Medeiros. With volunteers driving
the action and BPRYCS providing
technical expertise, the community
constructed the five-mile wooded
loop over the next year.
After seeing the popularity of the
loop, and with community support
for establishing more biking opportunities
in
Bristol,
BPRYCS and
Bike Bristol kept momentum going
with plans for a bike pump track located
near the trail head in Rockwell
Park. Unlike a traditional mountain
bike trail, pump tracks are relatively
short, and purposely designed to allow
riders to navigate them without
pedaling.
Instead,
riders generate
and maintain their speed by " pumping "
their bikes up and down a series
of short, steeply sloped " rollers, " or
hills.
Again, Medeiros and BPRYCS
were enthusiastic about the ideas
coming to the table from Bike Bristol,
especially as a means of getting
younger community members involved
in a new type of sport offering.
However, finding the capital
necessary for the pump track proved
to be a challenge. Bike Bristol
wasted no time, holding
a fundraising event
and building a network
of connections with local
businesses and community
members eager to help
build the new pump track.
However, this flurry of activMountain
biking is helping
to fill a youth sports gap in
Bristol, Connecticut.
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ity was cut short by the onset of the
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Suddenly, it seemed like a project
with significant community support
and momentum was in jeopardy,
just when people needed access to

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