BICY is looking for your help! Help make cycling on the Boulder Velodrome a reality! What is BICY, below is the mission statement which defines them but in short the first paragraph says it well
"Our mission is to enhance the lives of young people in Boulder by exposing them to the joys of cycling in its many disciplines and varied purposes. We serve a diverse group of young people and focus on reaching out to those between the ages of 11 and 14 who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in cycling activities due to financial limitations or other obstacles."
This organization is a 501(c)(3) and run by Catherine Powers, there is a "tip jar" at the front desk at the Boulder Velodrome that is filling up and you can also send a check to
Casey Middle School, write BICY on the check.
send check to: 6096 Baseline Road; Boulder, CO, 80304
I was speaking with a women at the track this morning who was there when these kids got to go on the track for their first time, they were sooo pumped and excited to do it and if was thanks to all of those who have so far donated to this cause. Give these kids a chance!
BICY: Boulder Invests in Cycling for Youth
BICY is Boulder’s new youth cycling organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of young people in Boulder by exposing them to the joys of cycling in its many disciplines and varied purposes. We serve a diverse group of young people and focus on reaching out to those between the ages of 11 and 14 who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in cycling activities due to financial limitations or other obstacles.
Our first project is to get groups of young people onto Boulder’s new velodrome, as this is an ideal venue for youth development. Casey Middle School is the first middle school bike club to take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Boulder Indoor Cycling has offered us a special rate as their contribution to our project and parents and community members (including 303cycling’s very own Kris Thompson) have already contributed enough to cover the cost of our 7-week session.
Casey’s first group of ten kids is thrilled to be riding the track. They pile into a school bus once a week and arrive in time to set up their bikes and change into shorts for their one-hour session with track pro Missy Thompson. So far, it has been hard to convince them that every lap is not a race but their youthful enthusiasm and fearlessness is likely to yield great results. We even had our first crash this week, with Juan Jaimes and Vincel Santoyo mistaking the infield for a NASCAR venue and learning the hard way how difficult it is to slow down on a bike with no brakes. (Luckily, everyone came out okay although the adults got quite a scare.)
Casey’s bike club plans to do two sessions a year at the track and two sessions a year of outdoor riding with a focus on cyclocross (we have applied for funds to buy a fleet of cyclocross bikes but if we don’t get these we’ll continue using the donated mountain bikes – and the one donated cross bike we just received from a 303cycling reader in Pueblo!) We have secured a donation of uniforms from Brian Worthy of Vermarc and look forward to working with Mike Eubank of the new Valmont Bike Park to hold events and training sessions there.
Once the BICY fund is up and running, other middle school bike clubs will be encouraged to try out the velodrome under our sponsorship program. There are currently at least 2 other middle schools with bike clubs and two more in the works. The plan is for the track sessions to be partially offset by contributions from students’ families, according to their ability to pay and for the BICY fund to cover the remaining cost.
As our organization grows, BICY will fund a variety of cycling-related after-school programs, summer activities and race series’ for middle school youth. Our organization also hopes to establish a support network for established and emerging middle school bike clubs. Perhaps down the line a middle school bike league will form …
We are so excited to expand our program and share our success. Boulder is a city with the resources and passion for cycling required to build a strong juniors program accesible to all of our young people.
PLEASE CONTACT CATHERINE POWERS at HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com for more information about how you can get involved. We accept donations of money, equipment, time (join us for a ride!) and cycling clothing. Currently our biggest need is shoes (smaller sizes) and pedals.