Heroes Inspire Heroes
Whether it’s a shared day tour, a cool bike park weekend or a trans-alp adventure – mountain biking with kids is an exciting experience! To ensure it doesn’t become a nightmare, parents should take a few tips to heart. Here are our eight commandments.
Season 2 of Heroes Inspire Heroes focuses on educational content providing parents with useful information needed to transform their kids into mountain bikers. Discover the series and the latest episode below.
Photography: Andreas Vigl
Never ride trails with your kids that are (too) difficult! Bad idea: trying out unfamiliar trails with your kids. The risk of it all ending in tears is quite high. Better to start with the basics and work your way up to more difficult sections together. If in doubt: push! It can be a good idea to keep a lookout, standing ready at the right place to intercept your child if they should fall.
Don’t always ride in pole position! – Kids on tour want to see more than just their old man’s backside ahead, sometimes they want to ride in front. So: give up pole position from time to time and let your child take the lead. That way kids learn about speed, find their own perfect lines – and grow with every kilometer they lead!
Celebrate the downhills, not the climbs!
Anyone who plays the 80/20 climb/descend trick with children is in for a big surprise. They’re likely to go on strike. Children want to have fun! And they don’t get much of that on forest trails. The fun comes from gently technical rollercoaster tracks – downhill of course. So why not simply take the gondola up to the top of the mountain?
Passionate MTB Riders
FIRST COMMANDMENT: NEVER RIDE TRAILS WITH YOUR KIDS THAT ARE (TOO) DIFFICULT!
Obviously, when Dad is out with his mates he wants to prove what he can do. That nasty carpet of roots with the chasm on the right is doable, but might not work … What definitely won’t work: trying out unfamiliar trails with the kids. The risk of it all ending in tears (or someone getting hurt) is just too great. So: start with the basics and work your way up to more difficult sections together. If you’re unsure at any point: get off and push! Always a good idea if in doubt: cool dads should keep a lookout, standing ready at the right place to intercept their child if they should fall.
SECOND COMMANDMENT: DON’T ALWAYS RIDE IN POLE POSITION!
Dads have a natural drive to show who’s in charge. And that’s a good thing. As long as they…