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OVER THE MOUNTAIN

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JOURNAL

The Joys of Mountain Biking

By MARK RICHMAN, M.D.

SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL

M ountain biking is quickly

becoming

Birmingham's

one

of .

.- most

loved outdoor activities. One of

the reasons for the rise in popular-

ity

of

mountain

biking

in

Birmingham can be attributed to the biking trails located in nearby

Oak Mountain State Park. More and more active people are discov-

ering the 17 miles of trails each summer.

. The sport of mountain biking is

becoming so popular that the local Mountain Bike Club, B.U.M.P.

(Birmingham

Urban Mountain

Pedalers) is .sponsoring a race for amateurs and professionals at Oak Mountain State Park. The national trail day race is scheduled for June I I. Pre-registration for the race is $20 due by June 9. Late registra-

tion is $27. RU.M.P. is made- up of a group of volunteers who enjoy the sport of mountain biking and work to

promote

the

sport

in

the

Birmingham area. Ovenhe years members of B.U.M.P. have been successful in 'attaining trail access at the park as well as maintaining some of the best trails in the Southeast.

Mountain

biking is not the

extreme and reckless sport por-" trayed on television. It is a fun and safe sport for the entire family.

The key to keeping it fun and safe is to ride within your abilities. Always remember to wear the proper safety equipment such as helmet, gloves, knee and. elbow

pads and protective

eye wear.

Respect

the other individuals

using the trail by slowing and

down and stopping to allow them

to pass. Not only is mountain biking fun for' you and your family, it is also a great aerobic sport. It helps to build muscles and strengthens

the cardiovascular

system.

In

addition, mountain biking burns

calories which will help with

weight

loss

and

control.

Compared to running, mountain biking is much less punishing to

the leg muscles'" a a 'joints. The continuous motion of pedaling is

much easier on your legs than con- stant foot pounding on hard pave-

ment.

.

Finally, there are the psycho- logical benefits of returnIng from' a ride mentally rejuvenated after .conquering a section of trail that at one time seemed impossible. Mountain biking is'about'com-

muning

scenery

with nature, enjoying the and having fun with oth-

ers. So remember, safety first, respect the other trail users and most importantly, have fun and keep the rubber side down. For more information on the Bump and Grind Race scheduled .for June II at Oak Mountain call 967-2003. For more information regarding B. U.M.P. call 879-

S373.

Mark Richman. M.D. is an internal medicine physician with the Baptist Health Centers and an

For more information on (his or any other sports injury topic, call SportsCare's physician referral Hotline at 581-9800.

State Tournament Qualifiers

T he girls softball teams from Hoover and Vestavia Hills High Schools both recently qualified for and

participated in the first ever Alabama High School Athletic Association fast-pitch softball state tourna-

ment. Coach Jim

Brown's Lady Bucs completed their fourth consecutive season

with 50 or more vic-

When Your Body

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Sports Care introduces the first walk-in clinic for athletic injuries.

Ws. simple! No appointment is needed. It's convenient! Monday - Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Just come to the Montclair Outpatient Rehab Complex, 720 Montclair Road, .' '. to see one of outboard certified. Olthopedists, licensed athletic trainers 01' physi~al therapists.

.Call 599-4500 for more information. J• ,.

There's SportsCare

tories. The Lady Rebels of head coach Sharman Martin finished the season as the state runner-up, and the No.

I team in The Birmingham News Metro Poll.

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