My 11 year old surprises me again

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    • #99938

      My son Jake has been riding for about two months now and can already rip, beats me up hills, has taken 17th out of 30 in an xc race, and has apparently become a riding instructor to other beginners.
      I rode with a buddy today and he told me a little story that happened on our Sunday group ride (set up through our local mtb website) last week, it was the first I have heard about it.
      Last week on our weekly group ride we had some new faces (as we usually do) and 2 of them were a married couple who had bought their bikes the night before. The bike were so new that the first time they had rode them was in the parking lot at the trail head. Neither of them had ever rode off the pavement before. The Sunday group has several regular riders who are there every week and many who show up occasionally, but we also get a lot of newbies so there is usually a big gap in skill level. This is always ok because it is a very casual ride and is there to teach the new people. The trail is somewhat odd in that there are several ways around any obstacle so you can make your ride as easy or as technical as you want, the only exception to this is one down hill that while it is not very long (maybe 200′ in length) it is very steep and turns sharply at the bottom but it looks harder than it is.
      The wife from this couple was having a hard time with any hill up to this point and her husband was getting frustrated, the rest of us all men and all fairly experienced were firing off advice but she was intimidated. I led the charge on the downhill so I was not at the top with her,but my buddy said she was refusing to go down it and her husband was even more frustrated. This is where Jake stepped in he came up next to her and apparently explained like a pro how to feather her front brake and lightly use the rear brake to control her decent. The guys were blown away. He then told her watch me and showed her then climbed back up and rode it down with her. This was the last hill she had a problem with. Some times he can really surprise me, he is only 11.
      The moral of the story is if you are a beginner ride with groups because you never know who can help you.

    • #99939

      Yes brother, always a pleasure hearing and experiencing true life experiences such as this. Kudos to the little bro, your son!

      My son is 12 years of age now, and though is doing much bigger and more skilled riding than your son, he also demonstrates that same exemplary ethics as your son does, and nothing can make you more happy, and to especially see all the looks on all the riders around him when they do that. Your son has a big future in riding, no matter what skill level he takes it to. He once helped a rider to huck off a 10′ ledge drop w/gap, though he was a very experienced FR, he just never worked himself up to this one drop. It has a very intimidating, short, and awkward run to the launch that scares the hell out of everyone, and he hucks the drop with a shorter run than the rest. Lets put it this way, we have some inspiring little big guys….LOL

      Kudos to your little man! 😄

    • #99940
      "longboarderj" wrote

      My son Jake has been riding for about two months now and can already rip, beats me up hills, has taken 17th out of 30 in an xc race, and has apparently become a riding instructor to other beginners.
      I rode with a buddy today and he told me a little story that happened on our Sunday group ride (set up through our local mtb website) last week, it was the first I have heard about it.
      Last week on our weekly group ride we had some new faces (as we usually do) and 2 of them were a married couple who had bought their bikes the night before. The bike were so new that the first time they had rode them was in the parking lot at the trail head. Neither of them had ever rode off the pavement before. The Sunday group has several regular riders who are there every week and many who show up occasionally, but we also get a lot of newbies so there is usually a big gap in skill level. This is always ok because it is a very casual ride and is there to teach the new people. The trail is somewhat odd in that there are several ways around any obstacle so you can make your ride as easy or as technical as you want, the only exception to this is one down hill that while it is not very long (maybe 200′ in length) it is very steep and turns sharply at the bottom but it looks harder than it is.
      The wife from this couple was having a hard time with any hill up to this point and her husband was getting frustrated, the rest of us all men and all fairly experienced were firing off advice but she was intimidated. I led the charge on the downhill so I was not at the top with her,but my buddy said she was refusing to go down it and her husband was even more frustrated. This is where Jake stepped in he came up next to her and apparently explained like a pro how to feather her front brake and lightly use the rear brake to control her decent. The guys were blown away. He then told her watch me and showed her then climbed back up and rode it down with her. This was the last hill she had a problem with. Some times he can really surprise me, he is only 11.
      The moral of the story is if you are a beginner ride with groups because you never know who can help you.

      Neat story–I can see why you are proud of him 😃

    • #99941

      He cracked big time on a ride yesterday and was completly bummed out, he puked three times and we had to walk most of the way out (except the downhill portions). He said he would never ride again, but after being reassured that everyone has had it happen at one point or another he seemed fine, we will see later in the week.

    • #99942
      "longboarderj" wrote

      He cracked big time on a ride yesterday and was completly bummed out, he puked three times and we had to walk most of the way out (except the downhill portions). He said he would never ride again, but after being reassured that everyone has had it happen at one point or another he seemed fine, we will see later in the week.

      Poor guy–just keep it fun so he doesn’t get burned out 😀

    • #99943

      Hey i am happy to hear that your son has now become instructor for others. And he will also guide others as you guided him.

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