Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

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Took my 2-yr-old son to the last of the Marymoor Velodrome summer series races tonight. He rode his tricycle up to watch from the top of high-bank turn and sat there, transfixed. It was a perfect late summer evening– dry and warm, with a lingering sunset. The Cat 1&2 races were fast and precise, and the two-wheeled machines looked perfect in the purity of the track form.

As we left, I asked my son if he had fun. He responded, redirecting the conversation as only a toddler can…

ME: “Did you like the races and the fast bikes?”
SON: “You ride your bike fast!”
ME: “That’s right, sometimes I ride fast too. I push hard on the pedals and go fast.”
SON: “Push on the pedals and go FAST! Push on the pedals and go FAST! ”

I believe my work here is done. The kid is going to be fine.

// Defining Moments // Racing // Tradition

  1. Monday morning funny. It’s just a road race:

  2. Cool post. I’ve had the family out to Marymoor a few times to watch the track races. Nice place.

    Seeing and/or riding with kids is huge fun and the future of our sport. Like a digital wallet with cascading pictures of your kids, I blabber about it constantly on my fluffy blog. My son, now 12 years old, has ridden with me for a few years now. He also races mountain bikes and cyclocross. It’s been fantastic sharing the two wheeled time and watching him progress as a rider.

    Seeing my son and other kids get the riding/racing bug is awe inspiring and just a kick in ass. Pics of him in action and other bike fluff here:

    Picture below is a neighbor of ours, all of 7 years old, going for the gold – on a shoddy jump constructed in my front yard. This is where it all starts…

  3. @scaler911
    Wish I had one of those.

  4. I’ve really enjoied the photos (and the comments) of this post,
    thank you.

  5. A great article and something that I am greatful to be able to do here in the UK. There are lots of opportunities for my daughter to watch and learn about cycling here and it is great to my hear my daughter shouting out “Green go green go!” as the riders begin to slow. Having learned that Red traffic light means stop and Green means go she uses this when wanting to tell daddy to hurry the hell up and lay down some V.

    Here she is at 18 months testing out the first trike in the living room.

    You may well notice she has already discarded the bidon in a bid to reduce weight before cycling up the stairs. She pushed it up four before mum told me to stop her so we will have to call that an abandoned attempt for now.

  6. Start ‘em right and this is where it ends up, son and I about 6 years ago after doing a century ride

    Pleae ignore all the rules violations. I was young(er) and ignorant.

  7. Found my youngest (6yrs) looking through one of my bike magazines last night before his bedtime. “Is that a time racing bike, daddy?” “Yep, it’s a time trial bike” “that’s what I said, daddy, can we do spot the difference between that and a bike like yours”

    They’re not big enough for road bikes but they love cycling, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a big loop round a local reservoir, an afternoon at the BMX track or just belting up and down the garden.

  8. While we’re showing off our kids, here’s my youngest son Bodhi out training a few years ago.

  9. Ladies and Gentlemen – a study in the rules. Next time you consider any violation please reflect on this photo. A five year old (? guesstimate?) is taking you to school.

  10. @seemunkee
    he looks like a young Laurent Fignon

  11. @minion
    He was three!

  12. @Oli
    He looks like he’s summing up the competition. “I’m gonna rip your legs off.” Totally awesome!

  13. @Dan O
    I remember a great piece on your site where you detailed the building of your son’s bike. Great stuff.

    Those are my favorite shades ever. Love how they match the kit. Pantani class. The Roadworks kit, from this angle, even looks like it might be lycra denim.


  14. @frank
    It’s his summer kit with the perforated fabric. No denim Roadworks gear has ever or will ever exist.

  15. @Oli , @frank
    Seriously. Kid Rudys. Where can I get my littles pairs of those? Genius.

  16. @Nate, @Oli

    Seriously. Kid Rudys. Where can I get my littles pairs of those? Genius.

    Je pence those are Briko Stingers, not Rudy’s. Never been a fan of Rudy’s, despite my boys Jan and Erik (Dekker) riding them and making them look badass.


    No denim Roadworks gear has ever or will ever exist.

    I expected nothing less. And thank Merckx for that, too.

  17. @frank
    Rudy helmets are tits.

  18. @frank
    Je pense you are right. Better not show my sons that picture, they’ll want their own pairs.

  19. @jimmy
    SPECTACULAR. A Prophet, with the most beautiful Shimano group ever made. Incredibly good work. The only issue I’ve got is the hair under the helmet; please ensure he immediately start to fan the hair up and out of the vents in order to channel maximum V.

  20. @frank
    Rule #3 far outweighs Rule #19 at this stage. Upon a certain age,while partaking in Rule #56, the rules will be explained. Until then the fire in his eyes confirms Rule #6.

  21. @jimmy
    Plenty of Rule #6, and loads of the V. That is the killer look, combined with that look of joy combined mischief that we all find on two wheels. Stoked to see a kid that young on a bike and loving it, Velominatus-style. My only concern is: where do you go from a Scandium Merckx with the best DT shifter group Shimano ever made? A Steel Merckx with Campa, I suppose, but…that’s not a lot of room to grow.

  22. If any Welluminati are interested our track racing starts soon, there’s a working bee this weekend, and a couple of Tuesday night warm up nights on the next 2 Tuesdays. Training nights the track is available are Monday, Thursday and Sunday arvo, and the club has bikes suitable for Juniors and adults to hire. The Calender will be on the Port Nicholson Poeneke cycling club site.

  23. Some great photography from the Team GB track training camp.

    Need to get a motorbike for my 2 x 20 sessions (and up the pace a lot!)

  24. Made my day! Wonderful article.

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