My name is Gary Macdonald, I'm 32 years old and pretty weathered!! I'm better known for my motor cycle trials exploits in the UK and around Europe. I’ve been competing in Trials for 24 years now and I'm currently 11x Scottish Champion.
Cyclocross is widely regarded as the most family-friendly introduction to cycle sport, for a number of reasons. The courses are short, generally forming loops of a few hundred metres, and never very technical. For U12 racing it is recommended that there are no parts of the course that should require a dismount (e.g. barriers or hurdles), and the offroad sections tend to be smooth rather than rocky. There’s racing for all age groups at many events, so all the family can take part
South of the border, Cyclocross North East have released their events calendar for the upcoming season. Racing begins at Thorneyford Farm, Ponteland on July 24th, and entries are open if you're in the mood for an early season cross-border raid.