There is much to do about the start of cycling season for 2013. Just one of the numerous groups in town, is Front Rangers Juniors Cycling. They are planning their first meeting for April 2, at USA Cycling between 6-8pm. This is a group of several teen cyclists throughout Colorado Springs that are trained by volunteers for competitive and recreational events. The Front Rangers formed this group about 11 years ago with a mission of creating good sportsmanship, team building, and exercise. They specialize in mountain bike racing, road bike racing, and track racing, and cyclocross.
Juniors in this group belong to what’s called a region wide team. Many of members also participate in their high school or middle school team. Going to a certain school does not restrict them from joining. Like most cycling groups, they are a non-profit organization. There were 48 members last year on the team, some of who became champions at the state, national and world levels. In recent years, competitive mountain biking at the high school level has increased. However, cycle racing is not the only focus of this group. They also encourage learning skills and social aspects. Russell Finsterwald began as a member of the Juniors at Front Range and he is now a professional cyclist.
One of the goals of this group is to acquire more sponsors. Coach Eldon Goates says, “We would like to expand much more to reduce the cost of participation in the sport, but that will have to come later as we gain sponsorship.” For now, each participant provides their own bike, equipment, and any races and activities that require fees.
Members will be getting a new team jersey at the meeting between 5-6pm. Supporters include Carmichael Training Systems, and the Colorado Velodrome Association.
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