When it comes to biking, most kids progress from walkers to Big Wheels to tricycles to training wheels and finally the Real McCoy. But occasionally Mozart-like prodigies arise who defy all norms.
Case in point: Jared Scott, a 7-year-old second-grader from Boulder, Colo. While my 7-year-old daughter, Casey, is happy making it down to the bike path and back up the hill to our home in Steamboat Springs, Jared’s taken it to a whole new watch-out-Lance-Armstrong level. He completed a three-day, 157-mile bike tour through the Rockies, all under his own power.
Yep, you heard right. A whopping 157 miles, en route to becoming the youngest person ever to complete the Courage Classic, a bike tour spanning from Leadville to Vail to Copper Mountain and back and benefiting the Children’s Hospital. “He’s gutty,” his mom, Lara Scott, understated in the Boulder Daily Camera.
Jared made the ride alongside his father, Peter, 44, catching the eye of all other entrants. In all, he spent 20 hours in the saddle, including more than 27 miles of inclines and more than 6,000 vertical feet. He didn’t get off once during the climbs, and he did it all on a heavy-as-lead, six-gear mountain bike.
Next year he plans to up the ante even more by tacking on the optional 100-mile detour.
All I know is that I’m going riding with Casey when I get back home, and I’d better not hear any whining…