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Old 08-05-15, 06:42 AM   #1
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Kids mtb trail and cross training

In the bike for the 13 year old thread I was complaining that there are not a lot of organized activities for kids. During that complaint I started looking for anything local. I found a local cyclocross training for kids 6-12. It looks like they put it on in the spring and the fall. My 11 year old wants to sign up.

It is held at an elementary school in a community near us. Researching the facility. The elementary school has it's own mtb trail! It is only a 1/4 mile long but it is targeting for kids to be exposed to the sport.

I am going to try to check it out this week end.
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Old 08-11-15, 02:55 PM   #2
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One thing I find curious is the lack of cycling clubs for children in the USA. British Cycling's (BC) Go-Ride programme has led to the formation of 338 Go-Ride clubs nationally (yup, I know we're a smaller, much more densely populated country) and 85% of our Olympic riders have come from them. They vary from clubs with purpose-built facilities to those making use of schools, like the one you refer to, to parks and any suitable other patch of land.

The one thing they all have in common is a national system. BC's national coaching system ensures that standards are pretty much the same across the board and it's supported by annual national conferences (held regionally) on coaching, child protection, volunteer roles, fund-raising, etc.

There's a programme of national and regional youth races in all disciplines with a development pathway for talented riders, right up to potential Olympic competitors. (Youth racing goes from U8s to U16s, tho' there a limits put on the younger age groups, to avoid too many long journeys for them)

I appreciate that the sheer size of the US militates against such a set-up, but surely something along these lines could be done on a more regional/state level. By the way, I started our 52 weeks/year Kids Saturday Bike Club before the Go-Ride set-up came into existence, so it's possible to do it without such support. Good luck to your 11 year old.
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2 practices in. So far so good. He is enjoying it. It is a lot of bike handling practice, getting on and off the bike, getting use to riding with people around you. I don't know if he is going to enter any races this fall but it has kindled an interest in riding and his bike skills will improve.
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