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
On Saturday four of us Moms did a big mountain bike ride in Crested Butte. It involved 3 trails (401, Snodgrass, and Lupine and we did a road start and finish from camp). It was just what I needed on many levels and great training for the Breck Epic coming up in 3 weeks. After logging 37 miles we returned to camp. It was in that moment I realized the huge difference between women’s cycling and mom’s cycling (aka Velo Moms). As we rolled into camp exhausted, and some of us a little bruised, it was not time to kick back and rest. It was
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
On March 28th we found ourselves in Sedona, Arizona. We weren’t supposed to be there, we were supposed to be wrapping up our 3 months in Sayulita, Mexico. But exactly a month earlier our sweet two year old son Axel was suddenly and tragically killed. It’s hard to visit a beautiful place when you are missing a part of your family. Axel’s death was raw and we were deep in grief. We could have stayed home letting the time pass but that didn’t feel right for us. We needed to gather belongings in Phoenix that we left there in December. So we decided that instead
I was a pretty normal kid growing up; using my bike to rip around the neighborhood and playing some teams sports like lacrosse and basketball. Then when I turned 15, I discovered cycling. The best thing about cycling is it’s an 100% participation sport. Even if you’re on a team you are out on the course for the entire race giving it your all. There is no sitting on the bench to give another kid a chance to play…ever. No time to get bored or sit around and not get all that energy to good use. Those last two points are important in today’s environment,
Our 8yr old Kalden LOVES to road bike. We got him a Scott Speedster 24″ road bike last year and he was off and riding with a huge smile immediately. Road bikes have always been my first choice and with me spending a lot of time on mine and always having the Spring Classics or one of the Grand Tours on watching it with him, it was natural for him to want to join in the fun. Rewinding to last year when Kalden was 7 we knew he was skilled enough to handle a 24″ road bike. Our concern was his maturity and understanding of