When parents think of sports for their families, they typically think of baseball, soccer, and hockey. However, almost everyone owns a bike....and yet it is one of the last things parents think of: bike riding as a sport.
For those that do not know or never considered cycling as a sport, getting involved for the first time can be a little overwhelming. The KW Cycling Academy will try to walk you through the process and answer the question: "What do I do now?"
Typically, getting involved starts with whatever bike you have now. For the winter sessions, a select few bikes are available for riders to try.
What are the first steps?
Connect with us. We will let you know the coming programs for the week and work with you to assess the skill level of your youth. We will ask about your child's interests perhaps between mountain biking, road riding, or track cycling. To get started, any bike will do. Much beyond a bike, a good helmet is required. No need to spend money on a new bike, until the time and interest warrants it. We will assist in selecting a new bike when and if the time comes. We want to make sure your youth enjoys their activities. Cycling is an endurance sport, and we want to make sure your youth both the ability and interest. Riding bikes has to be fun.
Take your time: Between parking lots skills sessions and Intro mountain bike rides, we have a summer program for your child.
Above all, ask as many questions as you can. We are here to help.
Cycling as a Sport Video
The video below shows Rob Good, our head coach, putting riders through a track racing session at the Forest City Velodrome in London, ON. All the riders shown are between the ages of 10-14, and it shows what you can expect from your youth as they progress in the sport. All sports offer a level of competition, and the video below shows one discipline of cycling: Track Cycling.
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