We’ve all seen them on the ski slopes: 3-year-olds shredding black diamonds with the parents chasing behind. But where are these little shredders when the snow melts and singletrack appears across the mountain? With the invention of balance bikes, bike parks, and lightweight pedal bikes there is no reason your child can’t start learning to shred singletrack. Start with these five tips and watch your little one rip. TIP 1: START THEM ON A BALANCE BIKE Learning to balance, lean, and get your feet down when you’re in trouble are important skills to learn early. And nothing does that better than a balance bike.
One of the down sides of living in a small town in SW Colorado is the proximity of races and biking activities for kids. We have a few options with Fruita, Durango and Grand Junction within a 2 hour drive but none of these are on the scale that you find on the the cycling crazy front range of Denver. A while back while scanning the internet we came across a listing on USA Cycling for a BRAC Jr road camp. It was being held at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO. Not exactly close but it seemed worth the 6 hour
“Dad, I really want to win this so I’m gonna have to DIG DEEP” Those were Kalden’s exact words on our training ride 2 days before his time trial around Fiesta Island in San Diego, CA. I thought it was great, seeing him light up with excitement to once again be racing his road bike, but my goals were a bit more modest for him. 1) Stay on course and don’t miss your one and only turn (a fork in the road going right. 2) Hold your line as the adults blow by you on their TT bikes so you don’t take them out! In
I get asked a lot about how we got Kalden into biking and how he has gotten so good. Our secrets? Practice and Passion So…really we don’t have any secrets at all. We have always given him the opportunity to ride and he has always brought along his passion. I know practice and passion can sometimes be a rare combination in today’s society but I believe it’s what we all need for ourselves and our children. If you love it and you do it enough, you’ll be happy and succeed. Last week our friend shot some footage of Kalden biking in Fruita on Horsethief Bench.
Fall is one of my favorite times to ride a bike. Any bike ride just seems better with crisp air, falling leaves, blue skies, and cool air. The other day Kalden and I got in a fun adventure around Telluride on our mountain bikes. Pictures seem better than words. First on the Sunshine Trail… Down to Illium Road… Stopping to read about the Galloping Goose… Taking a break on the Galloping Goose Trail… Finishing up on the Valley Floor Trail… Hope to get in a few more days like this before the real snow starts!
Sometimes even when a child is passionate about cycling they have moments, or even months, when they just don’t want to ride. They still love the sport but for some reason the motivation is not there. This happened with our 8 year old son recently. While it might not be the most complex parenting issue you ever face, it’s important to recognize the cause and respond appropriately. For me it was a balance of letting go (for a while) and then applying some motivational tactics. Letting Go Last November our son told us he needed a break from cycling. This happened around the same
I remember when I was a kid, going out on my bike and pretending to be a pro racer. I’d head out on my road bike and I’d be Greg LeMond racing Bernard Hinault up alpe d’huez. I’d be thinking through tactics in my head, “send my teammate to attack to soften him up then I attack to take the stage win!” Those were fun days full of boundless energy and I looked up to those guys and wanted to emulate their riding as much as possible. I see that in my son Kalden as well, he loves to pretend. We can’t even ride to