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    Default Getting a kid into cyclocross

    So we live in Connecticut. My 14 y/o daughter is a perfect candidate for cyclocross: she's really fast on her mtb (though not overly daring), she's a great runner, super tough and loves to race anything (right now, it's racing her mtb, her paddleboard, track and crew at school). I've never raced cyclocross.

    What is the best way to introduce her to that side of the sport? Here in CT there seems to be a kids class associated with the CCAP - and that seems like a good place to start. Has anyone worked with this outfit before? Also, any other clinics or such in the New England area?

    Any info would be appreciated. Bob
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    Morgan Styer

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    Default Re: Getting a kid into cyclocross

    Make it casual, low pressure. Share the experience.

    1. Buy her a cx bike.
    2. Ride with her.
    3. Find a CX practice group nearby. The one by me usually kicks off with a 15 minute skills clinic from the local fast guys & a few pro-level women. Get ice cream afterwards and keep it fun.
    4. Go more than once. If she likes it she will get to know people at practice and they will convince her to try racing. Remind her that it doesnt matter if she wins, but it sounds like she has a competitive spirit and will likely work at it if she likes it.

    This worked for me for one kid: Ive got a 15 year old who caught the CX bug.

    -pom
     

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