Ride Up Grades seeks to bridge both the transportation and health divide in low-income communities through cycling. We break down the barrier to entry for teenagers and families to start commuting by bike and participating in the sport of road cycling. Through free group rides, road cycling instruction, and a road racing youth scholarship we aim to turn the sedentary into cyclists, and commuters into competitors.
Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance you must keep moving.
Trek Ride Up Grades Day Camp
The heartbeat of the Ride Up Grades, the July 2021 day camp takes teenagers with rudimentary bike handling skills and turns them into competent commuters and budding road cyclists.
With 3 coaches for every group of 20*, the students get both group ride experience and one-on-one coaching. Five days a week for two weeks will provide an intensive experience on the bike and free lunch for each student. We hope to provide access to maintenance and opportunities to further their knowledge of cycling with our partners.
Two passionate, and hardworking young people each year will be awarded a bike racing scholarship worth about $5,000.
Ride Up Grades will match the young person to a compatible team, provide a bike to keep, an annual licence, travel stipend and one on one coaching to kick-start their skill-set. We aim to even the playing field and get them out of the gate strong and proud.
The 2020 winners have been chosen! Check back next year, the scholarship will reopen the end of summer 2021.
Sponsorship and Mentorship
Ride Up Grades aims to support riders in their journey through life, not just on the road. We find that healthy pastimes are only part of a healthy life, and for long lasting success people need well-rounded constructive support.
Riders interested in racing will be matched with a used bike and a mentor to help address their goals off bike. If you'd like to learn more