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    how hard is it to train a kid to become...

    a good cyclcross racer?

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    kids take to it pretty quickly. the team i managed this year had a development squad of a half-dozen peewees, and they took to the sport like pigs to mud. there was another kid on the circuit this year, on another team, who outrode a lot of the masters.

    the key, i think, is to keep it fun [after all, you're just playing in the mud] and don't make it training. make it riding a fun obstacle course. also, outfit the kid with an appropriate bike. a 40-lb kona jumping bike will be a hard ride and carry. a lightweight xc mtb or one of the 24" wheel redline cyclo-cross bikes would be better.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

    The Irregular Cycling Club of Montreal
    Cycling irregularly since 2002

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