i have a neighbor kid who is about 14 and is interested in racing his bike. he is on a team in the Wash DC area, and his coach, who is also our district's jr. coordinator has asked me to help him (the jr.) with his development since i live next door.
the kid hasnt yet raced and i dont think has done many group rides, so he's really green. i do alot of interval work on a local recreational park loop, and tonight i'm taking the kid with me, and his dad is tagging along. might be kind of awkward.
anyway, does anyone on here mentor juniors? any advice?
i've informally mentored other adult bike racers who are/were newish, and know that i can go about things a certain way, but i dont know what the eff to say to a 14 yr. old aside from, ok, ready to ride?
i plan to talk to his dad/mom on what he's permitted to do ride wise, and will not contradict anything his coach assigns to him, but honestly i'm not really sure how to best balance helping the kid out vs. intimidating him vs. keeping him from screwing up my training.