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    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Barbara McCrary

    Believe me, having Maryben as their sponsor and mentor is a huge advantage.  She's turned out some amazing kids.
    As an additional note, in 2001 our then 11 year old granddaughter went from LDs to a really tough 75 and did beautifully.  Her mother sponsored her and mom's only concern was to be sure that Katie was well enough fed throughout the ride so that her blood sugar level didn't fall.  Katie becomes irritable and intractable when that happens (I'm the same way).  Other than that, they started at 5:30 AM and finished at 9:50 PM.  Katie had a great time and was just fine.
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    Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2002 9:37 PM
    Subject: Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides

    In a message dated 10/26/2002 8:52:45 PM Central Daylight Time, ebvectors@xxxxxxx writes:

    . It doesn't take a genius to know that 5 is too
    young to ride endurance, and if you have to be told that, well I just pray
    that you child grows up at all.

    The 5 year old I took on her first 50 did grow up and she is now 26 and will be 27 in December.  The 7 year olds who went on their first rides with me are now 19 and still riding.  The 11 year old who did her first ride as a 50 and her second as a 5 day 250 is Heather, who won the Pan Am this year.  So far I see only successful adults who started riding endurance young.  Of course they did have the advantage of riding with me and not their parents.....mb

    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Merryben