By Jamie Morningstar — I’m a roadie. Well, actually I’m a cycle commuter and an occasional road biker. Six years ago, I tried out mountain biking with some friends, followed them on a too-hard trail , wrecked, and ended up in a fetching orthopedic boot-and-crutches combo for a few months. At that point, I decided that perhaps mountain biking was not my sport and stuck with the road.
But last year my daughter wanted to sign up for her high school mountain bike team and, never one to give up the opportunity to spend time with my kid or buy a new bike, I decided to try MTB out again. Without really knowing what I was signing up for, I certified as a NICA Level 1 coach so I could ride along with the team and committed to being an assistant ride leader. And suddenly I was riding with the team three days a week! Jamie Morningstar practices a successful log bridge crossing (over and over again). Photo by Stephen Morningstar And I had an amazing first MTB season. I am so impressed with NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association, the high school mountain biking organization) and their emphasis on kids having fun, growing, finding community, and challenging themselves. The fellow coaches were super supportive of this enthusiastic-and-skill-free mom, the kids were a blast to ride with, I got to hang out with my daughter even more, and I even got a new bike out of the deal. Win. I had […]