The Dirt Crits are a series of mountain bike races held in various parts of Scotland designed to introduce younger kids and those below the age of 16 years to competitive mountain bike racing. They are generally filled with young club level cyclists from the age of 8 years upwards and divided into age group and gender categories. The races are thankfully affordable (unlike most on offer), and they are greatly enjoyed by the competitors and parents alike. Even at this age it is quite clear that there are some seriously competitive children and er parents taking part. It is also evident that many of the bikes used by the competitors are serious pieces of kit with an equally serious price tag designed to elicit every possible advantage for their son or daughter irrespective of age or apparent talent on display. I guess I have always had an aversion to competitive sports that weight ultimate success on the size of your wallet rather than sheer raw ability.