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      Marquette kids learn about mountain biking

      For the next six weeks, Marquette kids will learn the ins and outs of mountain biking at Marquette Tourist Park.

      It's all part of a program supported by Downwind Sports. As most of the kids in the program were beginners to mountain biking, they didn't hit the trail Tuesday. Instead, they were taught the basics in the park through some fun activities.

      "Today we're working a lot on balance, breaking, shifting, how to ride in a group," says biking coach Melanie Stasser. "We're evaluating how the kids bikes fit them, making sure their helmets fit appropriately, making sure they can control their bike before we hit the trail."

      Tuesday was the registration deadline for this year's program. Next year's registration will start in March.

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