Important Information – 2020 Season
Hello Lionhearts families,
We are pleased to announce the start date of our 2020 cyclocross season!
We are, at this time, planning to start Tuesday night practices on August 11. We are aware that opportunities for racing will be limited but we are hopeful that some will be available. We are implementing a number of safety protocols including small groups, distancing, and many other steps recommended by health officials.
Be assured that the safety of our riders and coaches is of the utmost importance. Your Lionhearts Advisory Board has been closely monitoring government regulations and we have adapted our programs accordingly. While we can not remove the risk, we can do our best to reduce it and follow best practices. Please understand that we will likely have to make changes as we get closer to the start of our season but we plan to continue forward with our junior cycling program.
The Lionhearts Advisory Board
Registration is based upon “Cyclocross Racing Age” (CX Age). Cyclocross racing age is defined in the rule book as one’s age on December 31st of NEXT year (2021). Lionhearts is open to those with CX racing age of from 9 to 18. Those who have not yet graduated from high school but might be racing age 19 are also eligible. Lionhearts will operate as having 3 “teams”, a U11 team (Cx age 9 and 10), a U15 team (Cx age 11-14), and a U19 team (CX age 15 and up).
SKILL LEVEL NEEDED
To be ready to join the team, new riders should have at minimum an average level of competence on the bike. They should be able to pedal strongly across grass, stand on the pedals to ride up / down hills, and be able to stop confidently using hand brakes.
Riders need a bike that fits and is in good repair. Cyclocross bikes are best: For those with small hands, flat bars are much better than road/drop bars. Hybrid bikes which do not have a suspension fork can be excellent as long as tire tread is appropriate. Mountain bikes are acceptable for starting out, but bar ends are not permitted. No kickstands or racks. Single speed bikes can be acceptable for starting out if the saddle height can be adjusted for pedaling efficiency and if the gearing is good for riding on grass. Coaster brake only bikes may not be used.