Hey Kids, Pedal Hard—Get a Life!! Creating Life Skills Through Cycling

5 February, 2014

Santa Cruz Composite (SCC) high school mountain biking team helps take young cyclists from the recreational level to the competitive level while teaching life skills and community involvement, regardless of financial barriers. The team supports fitness and nutrition based training and racing activities that are grounded in camaraderie and sportsmanship. The SCC program focuses on creating youth who embrace life long cycling as a healthy lifestyle choice.

Thanks to Bread for the Journey of Santa Cruz County, a $1,500 starter grant will make it possible for Project Bike Trip to offset the costs in providing helmets, cycling clothing, race entry fees, food and camping fees for out of town activities, SCC strives to ensure a place for any teen to train and race regardless of their economic situation. With this new “Sliding Scale Rider Scholarship Program” SCC is sponsoring a number of young riders who will fully participate in the programs SCC has to offer irrespective of their financial situation.

Participating in competitive sports is a life skill building activity. Youth learn how positive habits, technical skills, training discipline and healthy nutrition result in meeting the challenges of competitive cycling. Participating in camping, meal preparation are typical team activities that augment cycling and athletic skills. Each member is responsible for doing their part to make the camping experience a success. These skills are directly transferable to the challenges of everyday life. The results of participating in these activities are a number of positive behavioural traits; improved self­confidence, increased academic success, and a greater desire to participate in family, school and other social activities. Get pedaling!!

Thank you,

David Giannini
Santa Cruz Composite Team Director (a “Project Bike Trip” youth program)