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Kids' Bicycle Races?(8 posts)

Kids' Bicycle Races?VW
Sep 10, 2003 4:11 PM
My twelve year old daughter has been doing a few kids triathlon with fairly good results (top 1/3). She sucks at swimming, but she makes up time with the bike and run legs of the triathlon. She told me if only there were just bike races for kids so that she can really compete. Is there anything like that in California?


Live near a velodrome?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 12, 2003 9:53 AM
Most have kiddie racing. Northbrook Velodrome has age group racing starting at 6 & under.

Live near a velodrome?VW
Sep 12, 2003 11:49 AM
Yup, we have one in San Jose. I will look into it. Thanks!

check the flyersDougSloan
Sep 12, 2003 12:41 PM
Races sometimes have kids or juniors races. Most likely, these races are the ones centered around some festival or downtown event, and it might have a crit and a road race, etc. You'd probably have to check each flyer to see what they are offering.

Here is the site for Northern California races:

The velodrome is probably your best bet, though.

Doug (Fresno)
check the flyersVW
Sep 12, 2003 4:48 PM
Gee thanks! There seemed to be quite a few junior races that included kids down to 10 years of age.

Thank Again for the link!

A 12 yr old won the Women's Cat 4 at Arlington (Chicago).TFerguson
Sep 13, 2003 2:50 PM
She races at the track a lot and is very race-smart.

A 12 yr old won the Women's Cat 4 at Arlington (Chicago).VW
Sep 15, 2003 10:59 AM
That's amazing! My daughter won't be winning any Cat 4 anytime soon, but I think she will enjoy racing with kids her age.

Looking at this season's results for 12 to 13 year old, the average race distance was about 100Km and the winning time was about 20 minutes. That's an average of 18 - 19 mile per hour. Pretty impressive for that age! Once, I drafted behind my daughter for maybe 2 to 3 miles at the end of a 15 mile group ride (she was pulling me and the whole group of senior citizens). I had an excuse! :) I was on my mountain bike pulling my other (7 year old) daughter on a trail-a-bike. She was going at a steady 18 - 19mph, but I'm not sure she could have hold that speed for the full 6.3 miles.

Agree with the above - Get her to the track...TFerguson
Sep 15, 2003 1:20 PM
You do two or three races a night at the velodrome and learn fast (and there's a lot to learn.) Racing is only half(?) fitness.