The support from the parents is also crucial, although talent and hard work can take you a long way, an encouraging family can make all the difference. Having someone to reassure you when things are tough and celebrate your victories with you is crucial at this age. As one mother remarked, “I’m honest with my son and I tell him the truth when I think he’s made a mistake. That being said, the fact that he enjoys himself is my number one concern. I have no doubt of the huge fulfillment cycling will bring to his life, and I make sure I tell him that too.” A testament to the fact that cycling brings people together, people of all ages come and soak in the atmosphere of such an event.