It was wonderful to see so many kids participating in the first competition of the local road cycling season 2014. While the U9 age group was pretty light on competitors, the U11’s was well contested and the U13’s, U15’s and U17’s were jammed packed with champions-in-the-making. This is our second season of competitive cycling (as a family) and it gives me great pleasure to watch not only our children develop as cyclists but also the others in their midst. The skills they’ve gained, the speed, fitness and strength they’ve built up, is mind-blowing. Ten years olds are out there racing for twenty minutes at an average of 32 km per hour. I wish I could do that!
My reason for starting this blog is to share with others my interest in cycling and to encourage others to get their kids into the sport. Cycling with your kids is a fabulous pastime, and keeps the entire family fit and healthy.
I have but one concern with cycling… the risk factor out on the road. I can cope with the fact they may crash at training or in competition. Broken bones heal. When they’re out on the road though, training with their coach and other parents, or with me, the risk of being hit by a motor vehicle is always at the back of my mind. There have just been too many cyclist deaths on our roads, and I implore all drivers out there to stay aware and be patient, to look out for all road users and leave a minimum passing distance of 1 metre. I instill in my kids the need to abide by the road rules, to look out for cars and ride passively, rather than aggressively, not to run red lights and simply be a responsible road user. It’s all about mutual respect – we’re all entitled to use the roads, and we need to stay safe. Last week, a 21 year old woman lost her life in Brisbane whilst out training for the same event my kids took part in on the weekend. It was a tragic and timely reminder for all to drive and ride safely. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.