My lad is an avid cyclist. He's currently riding an Islabike Benin 24, he's just turned 8 but is tall for his age.
Last week he rode a 32km ride with a couple of stops, he also did 2 very hard climbs on the day before and after this ride. He's done Swinley Blue without too much trouble and seems happier going uphill than downhill arguably.
He's now showing more interest in cycling and was discussing quitting football (he's a great goalkeeper) and doing cycling at the weekends instead.
But i don't know much about what we should/could do. I noticed theirs a class for Gorrick racing, which would work pretty well as i could do the fun class which is straight after his race, even though the class is 8-11 years so he'd be up against much older lads, i think he'd potentially enjoy it lots.
Or do we go track riding instead ? Hell, i don't really know.
My preference is for him to go XC, mostly because i've seen the enjoyment he gets from it and it suits me as i can integrate his training/rides into my rides, so we get plenty of time riding together etc.