Hey Everybody, I have been living in Lake Arrowhead for 17yrs now and have been riding most of time through the years. But I wanted to tell you a little story about the struggles i had with my son in organized sports. We had him baseball and soccer for 5 years and like most they lose interest. SO I bought him a MTB Bike to see how he would do. At first it was very difficult for him because everything up here is hills. So after a couple of months I decided to take him to Rim Nordic which one of the race course's up here to get more single track experience, mind you this a extremely difficult course for adults. My son which is 12 absolutely hated the climb, so we would go as far as we could then turn around and come back down. When we got down the time he was all smiles and said that coming down was the greatest fun he had.
I told him that to be a good rider you have to experience what it takes to climb to these spots to enjoy the ride down. This inspired him so much that we went back 2 days later to try again and we made it to the top! We took a little break and headed down the rest of the course and to my surprise stopping a few times to see how he was doing he is still all smiles. We finished the course that day and have since been back many times now.
I wanted to share this experience to others fathers not to be afraid to take them on single tracks trails, he has now found a sport that has rewarded him for his personal efforts and now a great riding partner for me.
This is a great site, so if your up this way and need to some riding partners let us know.