The Dine’ Bike Project was created with the goal of encouraging fitness and family togetherness through biking. There are several aspects of the Dine’ Bike Project:
Our Bike Exchange Program is a program where individuals, groups and families learn about bike repair, get involved in the restoration of bikes and may earn some in the process. The Dine’ Bike Project section gives all the details on this project.
We sponsor a series of bike rides and races hroughout the year. The Chuska Challenge is our largest bike event, bringing hundreds of bike enthusiasts to the Chuska Mountains each fall. There are races, tour options, kids activities, live music and awesome camping and food all weekend. The Paradise Loop Ride and Tuba City Bike Race create a back-to-back race weekend in early April. Hashkeniinii was a Dine’ legend during the Long Walk era, and the grueling 52-mile Hashkeniinii MTB Race from Navajo Mountain to Shonto honors his legacy. The Monument Valley Bike Race offers a short (13-mile) fast dirt road race through the tribal park during a summer evening in June. The Asaayi Bike Race is a new road race in the southern Chuiska in late summer. It all started with Tour de Rez in 1991, an intense and challenging multi-sport adventure around the Nation. There is more information on these rides under the Dine’ Bike Project heading.
The Dine’ Bike Project has been a driving force in bringing Cycle Kids to schools on the Navajo Nation. Cycle Kids is a school-based program designed to promote passion, skills and safety into elementary students. Currently, there are four Cycle Kids sites on the Nation: Chinle Elementary, Shonto Prep, T’iis Nazbas Community School and Red Mesa Elementary. High School mountain biking has come to the rez, as students from several Dine’ communities are taking part in the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League through NICA-sanctioned, rez-based teams. These youth take part in events across Arizona, are involved in the Bike Project’s bike restoration efforts and assist in putting on events on the Nation.