Currently there is a “bike boom” that was not effected by coronavirus and it knock on effects. Mountain biking tripling in growth during 2020 and a wave of newfound interest in cycling is taking the USA by storm. Many Americans need to excercise outdoors and the bike is the obvious answer.
With less activity on college campuses due to national restrictions, students are much more biking active than ever before. With all this in mind Trek Bicycle, has launched a Pathfinders Scholarship, which aims to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to youth mountain biking.
The Trek Pathfinders Scholarship is being launched in partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, an American non-profit organization that promotes middle and high school mountain biking in the United States.
Bob Burns, Trek Bicycle’s Director of Advocacy, said, “By teaming up with National Interscholastic Cycling Association to launch the Pathfinders Scholarship, we have high hopes that this program will not only broaden the access to mountain biking, but also help attract kids from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities of the country, exposing youth to the joy of cycling and creating life-long riders.”
He further went on to say, “We’ve supported the National Interscholastic Cycling Association throughout the years and have seen first-hand the physical and psychological benefits cycling can have on today’s youth, so the Pathfinders Scholarship is a natural next step as we seek to make cycling more inclusive and reflective of our country’s diversity.”
Steve Matous, NICA President, said, “Trek has been a long-standing partner of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and their commitment to broadening access to mountain biking for all youth aligns with our mission, vision and values. NICA is committed to inclusivity, equity and diversity across all our programs and we are excited to have Trek join us in this commitment.”
Last year, Trek Bicycle announced an “All in” plan, detailing actionable steps toward racial equity, including the company’s commitment to helping get more kids on bikes by expanding the National Interscholastic Cycling Association program to more kids with diverse backgrounds who are interested in participating in the sport.
Through the Pathfinders Scholarship, up to 250 kids from less well off backgrounds will be provided the bike, gear, funding, and resources needed to succeed. Trek is dedicated to making the kids of NICA the future of cycling through the Pathfinders Scholarship. Anyone interested in referring a rider can start by visiting: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/pathfinder-scholarship/
This past year, NICA has seen a 11% increase in student athlete participation including over 25,000 student-athletes, 13,400+ coaches and 1,100 registered teams as of 2020. In addition to providing startup funding for new leagues and offering discounts for NICA student-athletes and coaches, Trek Bicycle donates $10 from the sale of every Trek full suspension mountain bike and $1 from the sale of every mountain bike tire directly to NICA.
About Trek Bicycle
Trek Bicycle is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration.
About the National Interscholastic Cycling Association
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s mission is to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, NICA develops interscholastic and community-based cycling programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States.
Additionally, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association provides leadership services and governance for local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has served almost 64,000 student-athletes since 2009. Currently, NICA has 29 state and regional leagues and over 13,000 registered volunteer coaches who are working annually with over 25,000 student-athletes from over 1,100 high school and middle school teams in the USA.
Source: Trek Bicycle Corporation.