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    +1. Also bike setup is huge. When you can race and not even think about what the bike is doing that is the ultimate. Cam.

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    I am currently in the same boat. My 7yr old is always dead last and will actually get passed by the row behind him (we race harescrambles) and it makes me want to pull what little hair I have left out. BUT, he says heís having a blast even though we know heís much quicker. Itís hard to not get frustrated with all the time and money it costs but I also know I donít want to be the parents I see hitting their kids in the back of the helmet and yelling to get up when they just ate dirt during a race.

    When he gets off the 50ís, I will happily let him go as slow as he wants.

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    Don't get to frustrated by his results at a young age. I know a couple of young men who were slow as children (as you described) who as adults are A level racers and are very fast. As long as he is having fun it's OK. If it stays fun he will stay with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmg343 View Post
    He's 5. As long as he wants to be on the bike, you're in a good spot. He'll figure it out as he goes. It's been the same with my son on both dirtbikes and in hockey. Some days he's out for blood, other days just going through the motions. My son is 8 now. It's tough, but you just gotta sit back, watch, and smile. Offer encouragement and constructive advice, the rest will come with time. The most important thing is to cultivate a love of the sport. The vast majority are not going to make a career out it anyhow, so make it fun.
    This. The kid is 5. No need to presure him. By doing so, you can make him not enjoy riding and if he doesn't enjoy it, he probably won't be long for the sport. Let the kid be a kid. I have a 7 year old and it can be a hassle just to get him to ride his bike, but I don't pressure him, in any way, shape, or form.

    I know a guy that was top 10 GNCC pro rider, when he was younger. If his dad pressured him too much, he did bad intentionally. He would just show up and ride, not even attempting to do well.
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    Can't count how many times over the years I have been at an event and watched the youngin's playing around with each other on a Saturday before a race, just having a blast. Then one of "the" dads walks up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. Too many of them aren't even in the sport anymore, shame.

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