Name: Ian Paus
City: Wenatchee/East Wenatchee
School District: Eastmont
Team: Wenatchee Valley Composite
How long have you been involved? Two seasons
Why are you coaching/how did you start coaching? I started a district-wide mountain bike club in the Eastmont School District and joining the Washington Student Cycling League was a great fit for my club.
What do you like best about it? Pre-riding the courses with the racers, discussing the race and all of the other conversations that naturally happen on the trail.
What’s the hardest or most challenging part about it? Coordinating practices with local trail closures. (Low elevation trails in Wenatchee don’t open until April 1, same time as the first race of the sesson)
Describe inspiring moment for you: Every time one of our riders crosses the finish line. The sense of accomplishment is all over them.
Why do you think this program is important? I do not know of any other school sport where the whole family can participate on the same playing field. Furthermore, any sport where there are high school students cheering for middle school students is unique and inspiring. Our whole family participates along with the other families of the racers. The races turn into a group camping trip for our team. Any time spent in the camp trailer is great in my book.
What advice would you give to someone considering coaching? Check out a race and see how organized and fun the environment is. The student mounting bike race scene is so aloha.
Give one word that describes your experience with the League: Fulfilling