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USA Cycling and Interscholastic Cycling Leagues Announce Partnership to Get More Kids on Bikes and Keep Them Riding

November 18, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Cycling and the Interscholastic Cycling Leagues of Arizona and Georgia are pleased to announce a new partnership. In an ongoing effort to get kids on bikes and keep them riding through life, these groups are committed to advancing opportunities for youth riders to ensure a bright future of the sport.

“Our shared perspective is that investing in the riders of tomorrow is critical for cycling in America. The intention of this partnership is to develop more synergy toward our common goals. We have been wildly successful at developing cycling programs for student-athletes and we believe that with our combined efforts the development of youth cycling will be further enhanced” said Mike Perry, President and Executive Director of the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League.

Beginning immediately, the benefits of this partnership will be realized with:

  • A financial sponsorship that includes annual funding for each league.
  • Free USA Cycling Junior memberships, and discounted Family memberships, for league student-athletes to reduce barriers and encourage participation at more local events.
  • Recognition of league event results to better facilitate talent identification, increase inclusion for National Championship call-ups and optimize the opportunity for riders who compete in a variety of events.
  • Collaboration on connecting maturing riders with their next cycling experience including the High School Bike Festival, High School National Championships and Collegiate Fair.

“The work has only just begun. Getting more kids on bikes and giving them a path to opportunity has no better champions than USA Cycling and these leagues,” said Rob DeMartini, CEO of USA Cycling. “Coming together for the greater good of cycling, to champion youth riding and racing and developing America’s next Olympians is what we are going to do together.”

Stay tuned for more updates from these organizations in the future working to get more kids on bike and keep them there.

Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.

For more information, contact Liz Kollar at [email protected]

ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.

USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. In 1920, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling’s 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.

ABOUT INTERSCHOLASTIC CYCLING LEAGUES

Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League (www.arizonamtb.org)

The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization, building strong mind, body and character, guided by the principals of inclusivity and equality. The league promotes interscholastic mountain bike racing, provides training and education to coaches and teams, and offers a comprehensive infrastructure to grow youth cycling in a fun, safe and professional manner.

Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (www.georgiamtb.org)

The Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (Georgia League) provides youth development programs for 6th – 12th grade students through cycling in the great outdoors. The Georgia League programs strive to create confident and responsible young adults and to provide them with the opportunity to learn about and participate in healthy and active lifestyles. We work to ensure the success of cycling by establishing and maintaining safe, quality youth programs around the state.