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The weekend rolls around and it’s the one time in the week you can realistically contemplate a nice long ride, without having to wake up with the sun. Or is it?
Don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t trade this parenting gig for anything in the world, not even a new bike. But if I want to get out on a longer ride on the weekend, as a parent it can honestly be quite challenging. Nonetheless, the husband and I have mastered this quite well, and it doesn’t all boil down to a parent relay event. We involve the kids because they love riding too.
Earlier this year we managed to do the Thredbo Valley Trail in both directions in a single day with a 7 and an 8 year old. For the non locals, that’s a solid 40-ish kilometre return trip. And, everyone had fun. My kids are not super human by any stretch. We achieved this great feat with a lot of planning, mostly involving two important things:
Food and hydration. Lots of it.
This is how we did it:
All of that was more than sufficient to get us up to Thredbo and back, happily, with a stop for lunch while we were up there. Full disclosure, we stopped for ice cream in Jindabyne on the way home.
My number one rule when riding with kids is to be prepared - that means water, snacks and first aid. It can make for a great family day out. So invest in a good hydration pack for yourselves and them, with pockets for other bits and pieces! And I have found making sure that they feel like they do have some control over the adventure, can really help their mindset when you do hit the inevitable climb.
Mount Buller Epic fail2 July 2018I brought my kid to do the infamous Mount Buller Epic Trail in the summer when he was 10 years old. Being petite he only rides a hardtail 24" wheel sized bike. Anyway, we didn't bring enough water. It was hot in the summer. We nearly died of thirst and I was getting dizzy. At the final hour, I saw a stream of river water and we drank it like we just don't care. Lessons learnt on carrying sufficient water.
Proper Planning makes for a great ride25 June 2018Great work, my three kids love getting out, though mainly prefer the bike path along the M7 as they get some wicked speeds up. As you say, the trick is to pack treats and ensure that they are enjoying themselves so you can push out further each time. Mum is on standby to drive out if any major spills or it gets too hard.