In the past few weeks, we have finally gotten our final two Major Taylor Clubs up and running, pulling the number of full-time clubs up to five. Thanks to a recent donation of bikes from Raleigh, we are now riding with our club from Union Gospel Mission and the Seattle Urban Academy.
I arrived the first day, and walked around with the youth program director of UGM to round up the kids who were planning to take on our bike experiment. Before we got started with our safety information, the conversation immediately turned to the STP and how none of them could imagine riding that far. Luckily they have a strong community, and they know people who have actually completed it – one of the benefits of having the Major Taylor Project on its third consecutive year.
After we went over safety, we brought out the brand new bikes and the faces lit up. It was the same when we started a few weeks ago at Chief Sealth International. At that school, we had a brand new set of Redline Bicycles and when we pulled up in the van the kids were extremely excited about the prospect of riding brand new bikes and enjoying the sunshine!
Updates on our training progress can be found here as we approach our goal of riding from Seattle to Portland.