This weekend there’s a mountain bike race with a great cause behind it. Wood-to-Wonderful’s 4th Annual Cycle Mania at Blue Marsh will be held on Sunday, October 16th, click here for the race flyer and more specific start times, you can also register online at BikeReg. The race will benefit the Wood-to-Wonderful Reading Pedal-ers junior mountain bike team.
The Reading Pedal-ers was formed in April 2011 in partnership with Northeast Middle School in Reading, PA. There are between 15 and 20 members of the club – most of whom have never ridden a mountain bike before joining the club.
The Pedal-ers range in age from 7 to 18. Two members of the club have been racing mountain bikes since 2009. Club members are also learning how to maintain their bikes. The club members plan to race in the MASS races in 2012.
Learning about this new development team makes me really excited. I love to see how the sport of cycling has taken off in the past couple of years. It’s similar to the excitement I experienced growing up playing soccer and watching it go from the obscure to the main stream. I believe that Lance Armstrong has done for cycling what the US Women’s National team did for soccer in the 90’s.
I look forward to seeing this new development team at the races this coming year. The weather looks to be great this weekend and if you’ve been thinking about trying to race now’s the perfect chance!
For more information about Wood-to-Wonderful and the Reading Pedal-ers, please visit the organization’s website: www.woodtowonderful.org.