Trails and Mountain Biking
It's no secret --- Geoff loves bikes.
After moving to the St. Andrews area in 2000, Geoff began devoting endless hours to promoting the sport of mountain biking in the area. Kids who at one time were more interested in video games and indoor pursuits became involved in not only riding, but also building and cleaning trails designed not only for mountain biking, but for hiking and walking as well.
For those kids unable to afford it, Geoff did everything in his power to ensure bikes and safety equipment such as helmets were made available. Through cooperation with the RCMP, local citizens and Ski Rack Sports in Bangor Maine, more than fifty bikes were donated to local kids.
Geoff also spent hundreds of hours fixing bikes for kids -- for free. People would drop off their old bikes at Jarea Art Studio and Geoff would fix them up and give them to kids who could not afford bikes.
He was the after-school mountain bike club leader at Sir James Dunn Academy and the Youth Centre for several years and in 2009, he created the Off Kilter Mountain Bike club after coming up with the idea to ride mountain bikes in a kilt.
Until his recent move outside of town, Geoff maintained all the trails in St. Andrews as a volunteer. He is now busy building and maintaining trails in Bocabec and continues to offer bike repairs.
Geoff has spent years promoting the idea of trails and physically creating and maintaining trails, as well as working with landowners on accessibility issues. He worked for years with at-risk youthIn 2009, he was THRILLED when the town gave him some summer students to help complete several kms of trails.
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Geoff then mapped out all the trails he built for the town.
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Along with the RCMP, Geoff led several bike rallys -- fixing kids bikes while making sure the kids were up to speed on bike safety.
In 2009, Geoff came up with the idea to ride bikes in a kilt. He took his idea to a kilt maker in town and "Off Kilter" was born. The club members rode on the trails that Geoff had built and they helped him to create new trails and maintain exisiting ones. Geoff later encouraged his friend to expand on his fitness training business and start a tour company offering bike tours where riders would wear loner kilts.
Geoff organized the Kiwanis Mountain Bike Festival in St. Andrews with the help of some mountain biking friends. Jan - who was part of the Kiwanis Club at the time, helped to work out financial details while Andrea worked on promotion and poster design. It was a big success with funds raised going to the youth centre. All student participants were able to take part free of charge.
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