Children in Ridgeland learn about cyclocross racing

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RIDGELAND, Miss.(WJTV) – Kids in Ridgeland are learning to stay active thanks to the Mississippi Kids Cyclocross Project. 

Organization founder Rolando Román says he started the program to help children find an alternative to traditional sports. 

On Saturday, parents and children gathered at Ridgeland Trails to kick off week two of the cyclocross sports clinic. 

“We meet once a week. We teach them basic skills on how they can feel comfortable riding a bike, how to properly install their helmet, and we go on every week with three objectives.” Román added, “It’s a basic simple task for kiddos.” 

After learning the objectives of the sport, children then take their talents to the trails. During this weeks learning, cyclocross national champion Jonathan Page traveled all the way to Ridgeland from Utah to join the clinics. He’s known for winning four USA Cycling National Cyclocross Champions.

He says Román is doing a great job with the program. 

“These kids are awesome. They have a great amount of energy, and we might as well put energy in some bike-riding instead of some other negative things,” Page said. 

For 8-year-old Noah Musselman, he says he’s enjoys the program and riding his bike. 

“My favorite thing to do on my bike is to go to my friend’s house and to play.”  

For more information about the free cyclocross clinics for children or the Mississippi Cyclocross Project, click here.

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