Which cycling disciplines interest them the most?
As young athletes I encourage them to do everything including the new gravel discipline, where they can gain valuable experience. They’re racing with boys, which is great, they learn to dig deeper than they normally would, learn bike handing skills and are also very empowered as these races are self-supported, so they need to know how to take care of their bikes during a race. Frankly I believe this will prepare them if they do want to race in Europe. Junior National 15-16 Time Trial Champion Lilly McLeod entered The HEMI Gravel race in Kansas this past weekend, winning the junior category and taking 2nd overall in the open women’s 50-mile event. This was her first gravel event. The Weigel twins who are age 15 finished 4th and 6th in the open women. Most of our junior athletes race or ride road, MTB, gravel, track and Zwift.