In fact, Aimee and I had business to attend to one weekend and being unable to do our family ride together, the kids decided that they would do the family ride on their own anyhow. The two of them headed out and rode 40km on their own… because… because its what we do.
Last year, we added a new dimension to our family time… we created an Annual Event: the Labour Day weekend Epic Family ride. Building the ride around an amazing bakery in Vineland which would become our pitstop, we headed out to De la Terre Bakery for their awesome scones, date squares, strudels, and fudge brownie bars. The family put in an epic 120km ride on mountain bikes (which still amazes the crew @Brant Cycle).
This year… not sure, but Labour Day weekend is upon us so we will come up with something.
Remember though that the opportunity to create epic family adventures started… 6-7 years ago, back when the kids were small and family rides were not always so ‘fun’. Some were filled with more ‘are we there yet’, ‘can we be done’ and ‘I wanna go home’ than any of us want to recall. It took patience and a lot of coaching on our end as parents, but I don’t think you have to ask us if it was worth it.
Now, as a family we not only do epic training rides, we compete as a family and this year the results of competing as a family at the Kelso Conservation Area Mountain Bike (MTB) Race Series was totally EPIC! All four of us stood on the podium. Wow! What a blessing. Praise God.
Next… the Kelso Cyclocross Race Series. Aimee is signed up for the series, and the kids will join in a few races now that school is starting back up. I will likely be support crew, but will definitely jump into at a couple of races myself. With Erik Box creating what he calls “the most challenging Cyclocross course in North America” (this coming from the 2015 Ontario Cyclocross Champ & an UCI level athlete)… one surely cannot miss out on such an opportunity.
Next year in the Kelso MTB series we will be moving up categories. Will we podium? I don’t know, and it really doesn’t matter.
The point is that we will be doing it together, as a family.