My son's keen on doing the C2C this Spring Bank holiday but I'm a tad concerned that it might be pushing it for a 10 year old. Having completed numerous Audax events of around 40 miles and competed in CX competions for the last 2 seasons he's adamant that over 4 days (average around 34 miles per day)he'll be fine.Thoughts!
Give yourselves plenty of time and go for it! What a wonderful adventure to do together. If you have a bit of spare time you can take time out to potter around one of the many "things-to-see/do" along the way. If nothing else, you will have some quality time together.
It sounds like with his experience he'll be fine. We did it over four days many years back when my kids were 14 and 16 (ish). Obviously that's not comparable to a 10-year-old, but both my daughter and my wife did very little cycling at that time, and had no problems. As victorclimber hints, the psychological side of things might be more of a challenge, especially if things aren't going so well. I remember the Beamish Open Air Museum was a good diversion at one point.
I'm sure your right, the psychological aspect is more of an issue especially if there's inclement weather.
His 11th birthday is on the 27th May so should we do the ride I'd plan to finish on his birthday.
I'd have thought he'd be fine, at least in half decent weather. My older son is 8, and having got a new bike for Christmas, is cycling the 16 or 17 mile round trip along part of the C2C to his grandparents house apparently without noticing. I'm sure he could easily do double that in a day.
Given your son knows he can cycle 40 miles, seems a fairly reasonable challenge
Sounds like he will be fine. Make sure you have some alternatives planned if the weather is awful. Hope you both enjoy it. My 15yr old can now burn me off easily on our rides! However, he does wait for me
we di the C2C last year with our son - who was just 11 - and friends who's daughter was 9
they had no problems at all - the hardest day was from kirkoldswald to nenthead - we did it over 4 days - had plenty of snacks/treats etc and let them make the pace - they really enjoyed it