This year my son is very excited about competing in some road and mountain bike races. He’s been racing for a few years but mostly only when we happen to be near a race for other reasons or we discover a race is going on locally. This year we have a few events planned, like the Colorado Mini Classic, and he is getting just a tad serious about wanting to be prepared and do his best. So here are some tips on preparing kids on race day. Use as you see fit and be sure to comment with your experiences and ideas. Above all else, encourage your
What do you think of when you envision riding with your entire family? The dream is that you will all be in a state of family bliss, riding along together at the same pace, wind at your back, kids smiling, and lots of family bonding. The reality is that while that can happen, you need to plan and work at it. And don’t be discouraged when the first (or two or three) rides seem overly rough. As you all fall into a routine it will get easier and it will be fun. Assuming you are already an avid rider I’ll spare you the most basic
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.
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
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,