Today was Jack's first real mountain bike race. He's done plenty of kid's races, free races for kids, mostly on trails, sometimes on the road. But today we went to the Charlotte Youth Cycling Race at Fisher Farm and Jack raced with the big kids. Last year he did the kid's under 6 race and was bored.
So this year we decided to let Jack try and race the full 2.5 mile course in the woods with the 7-8 year old kids. I paid the entry fee and Jack signed up to race, put on his race number and got ready.
The field was small and they had lots of volunteers as course marshalls. Even I was able to sweep the group and ride behind Jack.
Here's part of Jack's racing class.
We entered the woods in last place, but quickly Jack passed two boys.
He was able to ride most of the course, but did get off his bike to ride over some rough areas and a few climbs. We stopped for several drink brakes and once to collect broken reflectors on the trail. Check out his race face:
We climbed the tough hills together and he never gave up.
The last climb to the finish was tough, but Jack kept going.
He made it through to the finish. Those two other boys never caught up, I don't think they finished, or at least were not in the results. Jack rolled through slowly, sounding out the word F-I-N-I-S-H.
And for the first time, Jack had his name in the results! He was 20 minutes back from the older kid who won, but he finished and he loved it and I could not be more proud.
There is no better ride than pedaling behind my boy in the woods.
I love this kid!
Oh and there was one boo boo from the race. His finger 'got a poke.' Lol!
Yup he showed it to everyone. So proud!