Well, that’s what we’re doing. Thanks to our friends at Two Wheel TransitTrek, Bontrager, Hammer Nutrition, and The Sufferfest Cycling Videos, the Arrivee Cycling/2G1D Active Junior Development team came to creation with the focus on bringing bike racing to any junior wanting to experience the outdoors, competition, and love of time spent on two wheels.
This first year of the team has been great. From a spring break camp focused on developing initial riding skills, to area races including events around the Northwest, the Baddlands Twilight Series, and regular training rides, it all came down to the biggest event of the season, the Northwest Classic Junior Stage Race in Elma, WA, this past weekend (August 2-3).
This race was an amazing opportunity for our riders. As first year racers, the focus of the weekend was to learn what it is like to compete in the national scene.
We arrived on Saturday with high hopes, new jerseys and shorts, and crisply shaven legs (Coach Pat made them do it!!).
The time trial was an eye opener. The winning ride averaged 26.5 MPH for the 12 mile course. Of the two riders competing, Josiah finished mid field, and Jackson began his weekend of tough luck with a flat tire.
Let’s just say that the curb won.
Cycling isn’t easy. Jackson was able to get patched up, limp back to the car, and prepare for Sunday’s event with a heavy dose of road rash to show off. His mom, however, was not overly happy to see her only child look like he had gone through an oversized cheese grater.
Sunday brought the final stage. The road race covering the areas surrounding Elma. Hills were on the menu, as were hot conditions and fast racing.
Back to the race.
The event was epic. According to Josiah, it was, “the hardest thing I have ever done.” His efforts were truly commendable, and his love for the sport brought to a new level.
Jackson, looking like an advertisement for active bandages, fought like a true champion to finish the event, bringing pride to his weekend of tough luck.
As I said earlier, cycling is tough. Did the Arrivee/2G1D Team win the event? No. Did we have fun? Yes. Will we return? Heck yes.
All I can say is this... Cycling and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. Get your kids on a bike, ride with them, let them win every once in a while, and BOTH of your lives will change.
Coach Pat (standing pigeon toed watching his SON start the TT)