Tuesday, December 21, 2010
My kids are off of school this week. Since they don't have to get up early for school tomorrow, I thought I'd take them on a bike ride around the Formula One racetrack on Yas Island. It seems that the event has really built up. It's a lot more organized since the last time that I went. Now it's been expanded to cycling and running and is called "Yas Training Nights." It's most Tuesday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, but you should go to the web page (click on the name above) to find details. You can also view their page on Facebook. When I inquired via Facebook as to whether or not I could run along behind my kids while they ride their bikes, the reply was "No, cyclists must go counter-clockwise and runners must go clockwise for safety reasons." Because of that, I brought my bike to cycle with the kids. I'm pretty sure that the person who sent me the reply must not have understood my question because there were plenty of parents with small children walking behind them while the kids cycled. Once I got there, the people I asked would have had no problems with me walking behind the kids.
I was pretty happy that my kids rode the whole 5.55km circuit. Some nights they have a shorter circuit which might be better for really young cyclists. I can recommend it for getting your kids out of the house on a Tuesday night. Just make sure to bring a helmet for everyone riding. Another plus, it's free of charge. Again, for details go to Yas Training Nights.