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
Not sure how to start this except to say that we need some help. When Axel died we had people donate money. At the time I had a full time job with IBM and we really wanted to do something to honor Axel and to help other kids and families so we partnered with Strider and started the Axel Project. The total donations were modest but with bike donations and other support from Strider we were able to kick off something great. We love doing events, giving away bikes, and making even larger plans to visit kids on a ‘Ride and Read’ tour once our Zoom! book
Almost 3 weeks post concussion I did my first mountain bike ride today. We rode the Prospect Trail in Telluride. The Dr. warned me to not ride for a week or two after my fall. A secondary concussion is serious and he didn’t want me to risk further brain damage. Which got me thinking that maybe I should just road bike for awhile. Road biking is probably safer, right? I kept thinking about road vs. mountain bike safety after my crash. Is one really safer? We are a road and mountain bike family. We do both about equally while dabbing in a few road or
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
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
It’s been a fun week here in Tucson. The weather has been incredible with highs in the 60’s and sunny. Our days are filled with work, school and always fitting in a ice ride somewhere. Tucson reminds us a lot of our years living in Boulder, miles of quality roads right out the front door! Tucson is indeed a bike friendly community and I can see why riders come from all over the country and the world to train here in the winter. They literally roll out the green carpet for us! It’s been great moving from the camper into a condo for the holidays.
We only discovered Tucson about 4 years ago but professional cyclists and even serious amateurs have called this area home in the winter for years. With temps in the mid to upper 70’s and even 80’s through the “off season” it’s a great spot to get out and log some early season base miles. The terrain here is incredibly varied, from larger climbs up Mt Lemmon or Kitt Peak to flatter rides such as Avra Valley , Tucson has it all and most of the time with a wide bike lane to boot! Tucson also has two great bike paths to get the young ones