The cycle effect
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KKCO) – The Cycle Effect is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young women through mountain biking to create a better future, build stronger communities and become leaders in the world. within their communities and beyond.
“99% of The Cycle Effect participants say it has helped them feel more independent in their daily lives,” said The Cycle Effect Mesa County head coach Cierra LeVan. “Which is fantastic and something that we encourage every day. 90% of them say they keep trying and pushing when the going gets tough which is all we are trying to do here. While the bike is an amazing opportunity, it really is the medium for the mentorship and growth that these girls are going through. “
Girls not only learn the skills for mountain biking and running, but also how to transfer the skills learned on their bikes into their daily lives.
“In all of our training we talk about skill development and we grow and train on the bike,” said LeVan. “But we also focus on growth as a person. We want to help these girls grow in their strength and empowerment. And we do it through biking, mountain biking in particular, but that’s not all we do. We just want to help them become stronger in who they are.
This year, The Cycle Effect’s goal is to reach 285 girls in these underserved areas in the 3 counties served by the association, Mesa, Summit and Eagle.
“Our goal and mission is to create pathways for girls who might not otherwise be able to participate in this sport,” said Libba Moore, Mesa County manager for The Cycle Effect.
With 70% Latina registrations and 86% runners from low-income families, the organization aims to break down financial barriers, cultural barriers and language barriers in mountain biking.
“We also intend to realize that it is a very expensive sport,” said Moore. “It takes a lot to get to the trailhead, to be safe and to be ready. So we provide bicycles, helmets, gloves, uniform, everything a child would need to feel safe. So we have access to incredible resources.
The Cycle Effect breaks down the barrier to participate in the sport of mountain biking and achieve physical, mental and emotional benefits by providing scholarships through grants, foundations and donors. They provide all the necessary equipment to browse these purses.
“It’s so gratifying to see a student athlete take on a challenge on a trail,” said Moore. “Also, using the bicycle to overcome stress they are going through at home or at school so that it is a really healthy outlet.”
Throughout the program throughout the year, The Cycle Effect uses mountain biking for the education and empowerment of young women in Grades 5 to 12 of any skill level.
“To really take advantage of these skills of courage, determination, community and teamwork,” said Moore. “We want them to bring it to their reception areas at their schools. A lot of character development occurs on the trails. A lot of leadership skills develop on the trails. Their confidence is skyrocketing. They feel full of energy, they have the impression of having an identity and a community of which they are very proud. And it’s crazy to see the phenomenal people they become because of the skills they learn with us here.
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