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    My son is racing.

    I've never done it. It gives me a new appreciation for the sport to watch him. I think it would be easier to race myself than to watch my son turn himself inside out. I wish I could do it for him, but of course I can't, and it wouldn't be good for him.

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    I really enjoyed watching my son race in high school. He had a ton of talent so it was fun to watch him do well. It also gave me motivation to ride more so I could keep up with him.
    Cyclists really need to learn a little Rule #5.

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    don't watch this.

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    Creaky:
    One of our local teams is known for their "interesting" tactics. That's about what he has to deal with. Fortunately his coach (not me) taught him well.

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    The weather and scenery changes a lot in that one race. I don't want to race there. Also, I don't see why in the middle one guy spints then stops riding. Crazy tactics.
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    MOPI enjoy watching him. Go to every race that you possibly can make it to. Even if it is hard to watch, it is still great for him to see your support. You are a good dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Used2Run View Post
    The weather and scenery changes a lot in that one race.
    it's a compilation, moreone
    * posted by Creakybot 2013 all rights reserved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QED View Post
    MOPI enjoy watching him. Go to every race that you possibly can make it to. Even if it is hard to watch, it is still great for him to see your support. You are a good dad.
    I second this! While my son never raced, he did compete in a number of other sports and I always tried to see him play, even when he would play in Phoenix (2 hours away). At times it seemed like a big hassle, especially taking him to SO MANY freaking practices, but now that he is grown and across the country in college I'm glad I took the time to be there with him. I kinda miss those days now, but maybe in a few years there will be grandkids and I can enjoy those times again. So enjoy these times while you can, MOPI....they sure don't last forever!

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    I raced for many years back in the 80s and early 90s. Now it seems insane to me (bad course marshaling, poor handling skills of many of the other riders at speed) and I'm not sure I could handle watching my kid do it.

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    Excellent, I am sure you are proud! There is something special about watching your offspring compete....

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    Cool--and remember, we survived the spills and crashes, so he'll be fine.

    We got my father out a few times to watch us race--he really liked watching the track racing--the old track in Vancouver was wicked fast, 250m with 45 deg bankings.

    Mom, OTOH couldn't bear to watch...
    "When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."

    (Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle. Scientific American, January 18, 1896

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    I did my first 4th cat race (in the UK) a few weekends ago and there were a few juniors in the mix - every lap this Family was screaming "come on Jason" to one of the juniors.

    Don't be that annoying Dad ;)


    Keep going to watch him though; I wish my parents were more supportive of me a few years ago.. can really drive a wedge between you if you're not careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paredown View Post
    Cool--and remember, we survived the spills and crashes, so he'll be fine.

    We got my father out a few times to watch us race--he really liked watching the track racing--the old track in Vancouver was wicked fast, 250m with 45 deg bankings.

    Mom, OTOH couldn't bear to watch...

    Yeah, I had the pleasure of scraping him off the pavement (at least most of him) earlier in the season. Mom wasn't too happy when we slapped another wheel in the bike, and he took off again. He finished second in the race though, and he won a preem. A little adrenaline is better than EPO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    don't watch this.
    Ha! Slow-mo endo at 0:25. Bet that hurt.

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    You will both get a great experience out of this.

    My dad used to take me to any race that I wanted to compete in when I was a junior. I thought it was awesome then and I look back at it now and realize it was a huge time commitment and am blown away that he took the time to support me.

    I most definitely miss having the old man standing in pit row at every cx race to swap bikes, change tire pressure and yell encouragement.

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