Young riders, great to see them out there.
A group of us rode a loop from Pitlochry on Sunday. It’s only a four hour 20 plus mile ride but it has nearly 3800 feet of climbing and descending in it. There were three fourteen year olds ‘along’ for the ride.
They were flying. They’ve been only been riding for a couple of years. They rode full of enthusiasm and boundless energy. I don’t have kids myself, but found them a total inspiration. Well done to their folks for getting them into the sport. They are all interested in racing, so their future looks bright. They mostly ride with a local club in Glenrothes.
Is this typical across the country?Posted 6 years agolambchopMember
Have been out with my 9 year old son the past couple of weekends. He’s loving it and full of enthusiasm which is fantastic. Got him a well used but pretty light 24″ alu framed rigid hardtail off of the Bay, some new conti explorers are on order as is a Camelbak off of the classifieds. Just need to get him some decent full finger gloves from somewhere!Posted 6 years agomcmoonterMember
Italspark tells a great story about taking his 4 year old daughter to the GT skills loop on her balance bike. While there, a group of weekend warriors on FS bikes with body armour were filming each other.
Miss Italspark was unimpressed by their skilz. ‘Mincers’ was her assesment!
Within a year she was riding the Blue and asking when she could get some clicky shoes.Posted 6 years agoandyrussMember
There are a lot of clubs all over scotland dedicted to youth developmemt.in xc racing. The kids l train do 2 training sessions on there mtbs,turbo train with the local roadies and ride for fun on saturdays. Their commitment to training is outstanding. This is repeated throughout scotlandPosted 6 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Seen 2 young lads doing the World cup DH at Fort william last year, must’ve been about 11. Had pretty ‘normal’ bikes, ‘normal’ clothing, and one had a backpack with their sandwiches and juice in.
They had done 4 more runs than us, and were absolutely pinning it. Great to see. Also very well mannered and chatty. Brilliant.
Wish I had biked at their age instead of playing football.Posted 6 years agoadi66Member
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Just need to get him some decent full finger gloves from somewhere!
Decathalon do some pretty darn good un’s I got a set for my 4 and 5 year old son’s the other week… there just like proper adult gloves “suede” palms, snot wiper on thumb etc… there brill for about £9 a pair if i remember.Posted 6 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Check out the kids I ride with in this vid. The wee girl in the end sequence will be riding the sxc series and fancies herself as a downhiller in the future.Posted 6 years ago
A project set up with the aim to get people including kids into racing;
We had 15 out practicing the race course on Sun am for the coming weekends race.
Lots of kids out with their parents which is something 7Stanes hoped to encourage from the early days. Just need more and better beginners loops 😆oldgitMember
We see loads of kids at the CXs I keep meaning to take a picture of the pile of little Pina mountainbikes that the race organisers bring along for kids to try out on.
My lad got well into it at 12, won a few Cx’s then trained with Team MK and entered a road race. A year later he gave up 😥 and went back to football as he missed his mates.Posted 6 years ago
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