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    Question How fast do 12 year olds ride on average?

    Very simple question, how fast do 12 year olds ride? Just curious.

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    Thinking of entering a juniors race then?

    i reckon I could take them on

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    My son is 10 so rides in U12s races and when Circuit Racing he averages 17.1mph....and just about makes top 10.The podium kids are averaging 19-20mph over 5 miles.
    On a local road route of say 20 miles with 2000ft of ascent he’ll average 11-12mph.

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    Depends on level and whether it's track or road racing.

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    Any British Cycling approved race for kids requires them to be on restricted gearing so he can actually lap quicker than I said above but BC recommend restricted gearing so the kids don’t potentially damage their growing muscles/tendons etc.
    He’s currently on 34/11 gearing but I can lock off the rear at 18t and he can then use his 46 front(46/18) but he still only has 8 gears from 16.
    There are some really fast 12-14 year olds out there!
    Last edited by ibbo68; 30th March 2018 at 1:58 PM.

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    Yup, there is a 12yo lad who comes along to chain gangs, will happily scoot along at 40kmh+ with his dad.
    "If you act like you know what you are doing, you can do anything you want- except neurosurgery"- Sharon Stone

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    That's hugely impressive PRS.

    I really wish I had got into cycling at a young age, instead of an almost over-the-hill adult.

    It's not something I can file under a regret as it wasn't an opportunity that ever arose, or something that I showed an interest in. I was very much into football, rugby and athletics as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick1020 View Post
    Depends on level and whether it's track or road racing.
    This ^^ Also depends on bike, my average speed increased by 10 mph when I switched from mountain to road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick1020 View Post
    That's hugely impressive PRS.

    I really wish I had got into cycling at a young age, instead of an almost over-the-hill adult.

    It's not something I can file under a regret as it wasn't an opportunity that ever arose, or something that I showed an interest in. I was very much into football, rugby and athletics as a kid.
    Pretty much the same sentiment here, Nick. I'm sure my parents would have backed me up had I shown any interest in cycling at a young age, but I just hadn't. My son fell in love with it almost instantly after he was exposed to it.

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    As I happen to be a parent to a 12 year old cyclist this is a subject close to my heart. Here's some results from a recent Under 12 race, with a certain Master Woodhouse just missing out on a podium position with an average speed of about 20 mph.

    He regularly shames me on the club run too

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