Youth The Rules… an alternative.

Youth The Rules… an alternative.

We have mentioned cycling and The Rules before – the Velominati, and the alternative set presented previously. Here are some youth specific ones.

Thank you Alan for finding these – a great set of alternative The Rules – intended for Youth Cycling.

To be fair – these are the kinds of things I wish were available when I was younger 😀

I like rules 4 and 38 but most of all my rule ride your bike hard and have fun.” — Alan Overson

I think there is something we can all learn from these. The original was found over at Youth Cycle Sport – well worth checking out. So without further a-do … an alternative The Rules:

BIKES AND EQUIPMENT

Rule #1

The best riders don’t care which bike brand they ride or how much their bike is worth – they just make sure it works well, that it fits them properly, and that it’s clean.

Rule #2

You don’t need the best, most expensive equipment to succeed. If you have a steel bike see how many carbon bikes you can beat…

Rule #3

Learn how your bike works. If there’s a problem in a race you’ll have a better chance of putting it right yourself.

Rule #4

Wear whatever you like, whether that’s team replica kit, flappy shorts and a T-shirt, whatever. Anyone who judges your cycling based on what you’re wearing isn’t worth listening to.

Rule #5

But if you’re a member of a club, do wear your club kit and wear it with pride.

ATTITUDE AND RESPECT

Rule #6

Respect your opponents. Rip each other’s legs off during the race, of course, but shake hands afterwards.

Rule #7

See that rider who got lapped? They’re trying just as hard as you are.

Rule #8

No tantrums please when something hasn’t gone your way. That’s not how things are done in cycling.

Rule #9

The top youth riders still fit their training and racing around school or college – not the other way round.

Rule #10

It’s never too early to put something back into the sport. Offer help to younger riders, help to run your club’s race, help out at coaching sessions.

Rule #11

You’re probably a role model to younger riders without knowing it. Set the best example to them that you can.

Rule #12

Always do your best to finish a race even if it has gone badly. It will help build your character for tough moments in the future. And anyway, deciding to DNF voluntarily becomes a habit.

Rule #13

When the weather’s bad and you don’t fancy going out, remember that no-one returns from a bike ride regretting that they had gone out.

Rule #14

Races and coaching sessions are a privilege. Every now and again remember to thank the organiser, marshals, the people serving in the tea-hut…

Rule #15

Not all teenagers “get” cycling. If friends always give you hassle about your cycling then maybe they’re not such good friends.

Rule #16

Spend time with your non-cycling friends & family. See them at parties, go to the cinema together. Yes, commit to cycling but don’t let it take over your life.

Rule #17

If wanting to fit in at school is stopping you from cycling, or if you want to conform a bit more, those things will seem totally insignificant when you are twenty years old. Ride your bike, for yourself. It will be worth it.

Rule #18

Even if you’re not the fastest rider or the most confident person don’t let yourself be given a label early on. Be brave enough to follow your dreams.

Rule #19

The desire to train and race needs to come from you, not from your parents.

Rule #20

It’s normal to doubt yourself sometimes – even Olympic champions do it.

Rule #21

Hard work will always beat talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Don’t be put off racing if you’re not immediately good at it.

Rule #22

Try to be the best you can be. That doesn’t mean always winning – it means working to get the very best out of yourself.

GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENT

Rule #23

Yes, have big goals and dreams but stay grounded. Even if you don’t get to the highest level you can still enjoy the sport and be very competitive.

Rule #24

Just because another kid keeps winning doesn’t mean they’re unbeatable. With hard work your time will come.

Rule #25

Just because you keep winning doesn’t mean you’re unbeatable. Other kids will be working hard to beat you.

Rule #26

Forget about race points and the National Youth Rankings – they honestly don’t matter to anyone.

Rule #27

Don’t worry if you’re smaller than other riders your age. Cycling is a sport where being small and light can be an advantage.

Rule #28

Don’t worry if you’re bigger than other riders your age. Cycling is a sport where being big and strong can be an advantage.

Rule #29

Be prepared to race against faster people and to ride bigger races. It’s tempting to take the safe option but that won’t help you develop as a rider.

Rule #30

Your race performance isn’t defined by your result. Focus on doing the best performance you can and not worrying about the outcome.

Rule #31

Count your race as a success if: you executed your race plan properly; if you tried your hardest; if you tried something new; if you attacked; if you didn’t get dropped; if you lasted longer in the bunch than last time; or if you crashed but got back on.

Rule #32

Learn from your mistakes – that helps you to improve in the future. Great riders learn far more from their “bad” races than their good ones.

Rule #33

Don’t do every possible race. Sometimes it’s better to go training instead, or go out with friends, or maybe just sleep..? Anyway, your parents need a break from racing too!

Rule #34

If you’ve been unwell, haven’t had enough rest, or if you’ve had a tough week at school or college then you mustn’t expect to be flying at the weekend.

Rule #35

Keep a training diary. Record how well you’ve slept and note down your “feel good factor” each day. Look back at it now and again to begin to understand yourself.

Rule #36

Keep doing other sports as well as cycling. And do as many different disciplines of cycling as you can. Don’t specialise too early.

Rule #37

Don’t focus your ambition entirely on joining British Cycling’s programmes – keep an open mind and don’t be disheartened if you aren’t accepted. There are other opportunities to develop.

Rule #38

Sometimes just go for a ride for the fun of it. Not every ride should be a training session or a race.