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Teaching a Kid To Ride a Ladder on a Mountain Bike

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

by Sean Hess, Team Rider and Manager for Strackacobra. Visit me on Google+ and Facebook.

Since I retired from full time racing and took a much needed mental break, I’ve been jonesing to get back on the trails again.

If I want to keep riding (and keep riding the really gnarly trails I got used to as a racer) I have to get my kids involved. Thankfully, my daughter seems to really enjoy mountain biking.

Last week we went out to the Santos Trails near Ocala, Florida, and worked on a progressive ladder she rode last time we were out. This is the first time she rode it from start to finish by pedaling in from the trail.

So much of mountain biking is mental, of proving to yourself that what your eyes are telling you is impossible is actually possible and quite easy (and fun).

The ladder here is nice because it is so big and wide, and there’s lots of room. We started by rolling off the first hill, then the second, then the third, then pedaling in. The ladder is really just the same hill three times. Once she knew she could master the first hill the rest was easy. Here’s the video below:

You can find this ladder by parking at the main Santos trail head and taking the yellow trails to the right. The ladder is before you get to Blue Highway and (I believe) after the 2nd Marshmallow intersection.

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