Every child enjoys to ride a bicycle and now, in its sixth season, the SHOCK Cycling Series is the perfect place to get youngsters on a bike.

Under the direction of Chris Christie, founder of the series and owner of Bikesenjava, the SHOCK Series provides a safe, relaxed and competitive  — for those who want that — situation for children to develop their cycling skills.

The series offers mountain bike events at the Camden Snow Bowl and BMX events at the Rockland Skate Park. Both series are open to children ages 6 to 18 regardless of ability.

S.H.O.C.K. is an acronym for Supporting Healthy Opportunities for Community Kids,  which is exactly what the series is aimed at doing, Christie said. “To teach and develop cycling skills so that the kids will enjoy cycling for the rest of their lives. It is amazing to watch the kids develop over the course of the year. Their cycling skills and confidence grows each and every week.”

The SHOCK Series is a unique racing series in that the development of skills, creating a life-long passion for the sport, and making new friends is placed higher then competition.

“We certainly want to provide a place for those riders that really want to pursue the competitive side of cycling,” Christie said. “We want to be one of their stepping stones in competition, so to speak. But, the bottom line is that we want to get more kids on bikes.”

The season kicked off June 14 with an information night at the Camden Snow Bowl. The first event of the mountain bike series was June 21 at the Snow Bowl with the first event of the BMX series the following week at the Rockland Skate Park.

For more information, stop by Bikesenjava, 481 Main St. in Rockland.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.