Youth Mountain Biking and New Sports Programs on MI

 

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Youth Mountain Biking and New Sports Programs on MI

Mercer Island Mountain Bike Team in Pioneer Park
Mercer Island Mountain Bike Team in Pioneer Park

As they say, baseball is America’s pastime, and Seattleites love their professional football, baseball, and soccer teams, but on Mercer Island, less traditional sports are also finding a following with our youth and families.

This year, middle school students have the opportunity to join the newly formed Mercer Island Mountain Bike Team (MIMBT), organized by the Washington Student Cycling League, a non-profit teen cycling program with over 20 teams in Western Washington.

The league was founded by Islanders Heather and Warren Libman, who have enjoyed mountain biking with their three children and who have also introduced the sport to their children’s friends.

“We’ve taken kids up with us for their first ride, and they always come back with a sense of empowerment and accomplishment,” Heather said. “It’s amazing how facing fears in a controlled, safe environment can create such confidence.”

The team meets twice a week – on Wednesday on Mercer Island and on Sundays for an off-island ride – and is led by volunteer coaches, which include the Libmans and acclaimed local riders Daniel Heller and Ian Tubbs. The MIMBT program runs through June 15th, and student riders will compete in a 4-race series this spring.

Learn more at:  www.washingtonleague.com