Canberran kids are being encouraged to get along and take part in a new Junior Race Series with the focus on fun, taking part and skill development.
With the emphasis very much on participation not competition, the series will cater to experienced junior cyclists as well as encouraging children who are keen to try road racing for the first time to come out and give it a go.
Junior riders don’t need to commit to racing the whole series, and are free to just try one ride and see how they go – and in addition to the races, skills sessions are also being run to improve the kids’ bike handling skills.
The Canberra Cycling Club who are organising the event are keen to stress that this is all about getting kids involved in a healthy and fun activity without the pressure of racing to win; and with the event being held in a safe, traffic free environment at Stromlo Forest Park it is a great opportunity for budding racers to try it out.
The series is the brainchild of Stuart Jones, and President of the Canberra Cycling Club who said:
“While it’s great that we get lots of dedicated and keen young riders at our clubs and throughout Canberra, we recognise that for some kids who might want to get involved in cycling; it can seem a bit daunting to join an established club and team. That’s what is so great about this Race Series, kids and their parents can come along and mix with more experienced riders as well as others of the same age who are also just starting out in cycling.
“We’ve had really positive feedback from people who have come along so far, and it’s great to see parents getting involved too – volunteering to help organise the races. As a cyclist and a parent myself, this is a great way to spend a Sunday morning – it’s great to see the kids socialising, having fun and getting healthy at the same time.”
John Armstrong, Pedal Power Executive Officer and Executive Director of Capital Cycling added: “This and the ACT Schools Mountain Bike Championships are the perfect events to kick off the spring ‘Festival of Cycling’ – it truly embodies our aim to promote cycling participation to all – inclusive of all ages, ability and experience. I’m delighted that the Festival is able to include an event that is aimed at encouraging the next generation of Canberra cyclists to get on their bikes.”
The Junior Race Series kicked off on the 31 August but all are welcome to come along to the next session on Sunday September 21st and for the next two weekends after that. Sessions are from 9am to 11am and is suitable for kids aged from 6 to 14. Entry is $5 and refreshments are available. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org