Make high school mountain biking accessible for underrepresented students and athletes of color in the West Madison NICA teams. Cycling can be inaccessible due to equipment cost, race entries, and travel expenses. Our aim is to help tackle that financial burden to help more athletes participate in this great sport.
About the Ride
On July 10th, a group of Alumnus Project Riders will attempt a massive 500 mile route from Lake Mills, WI all the way to Copper Harbor, MI. This epic ride is not a relay. Each rider will be making the entire distance from point to point! The ride will be continuous and is expected to take 35-40 hours to complete.
Follow along for updates on the big ride with @AlumnusCycling on Instagram!
How your donations help
All donations for this epic ride will go towards scholarships, outreach initiatives, and programming funds to improve accessibility for underrepresented students and athletes of color.
The West Madison NICA MTB Teams is committed to becoming an inclusive and diverse organization.
Please consider donating if you are able, and share to spread the word! Thank you!
About the West Madison NICA MTB Teams
The Madison, WI “Westside Composite” MTB team formed 8 years ago and was started by head coach Mike McGarry. From an initial team of less than 10, the 2020 roster totals over 130 riders.
We are a co-ed team with 29 female athletes and 26 female coaches. We hope to have even numbers of male and female identifying athletes and coaches with our short term goal to reach 30% female riders.
We have failed in recruiting and retaining non-White athletes and are committed to change and improve our team.
Under one main umbrella, we have multiple teams – Madison West, Madison Memorial, Verona and Verona Composite (which includes Edgewood, Memorial, Oregon, Belleville and other local teams). We welcome 6th - 12th grade students.
The focus of the teams is to create a positive environment for young riders to discover the lifelong joy of being able to ride a bike well on trails. Some athletes set goals that are performance related, while plenty of other athletes are focused on having fun and personal improvement. Whatever each athlete's personal goals we want to give every child the opportunity to grow through this great sport.
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