For 2017, our RTEO Team is excited to work with both Haro and USA Cycling’s BMX Director and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jamie Staff, on this year’s Ride to End Obesity after-school program. We have had the pleasure of educating hundreds of kids with positive messaging on eating well, staying active, the fundamentals of BMX and being kind to others. The program continues to grow in its reach, as now we are not only serving all middle schools in Poway Unified School District in San Diego County but also many of their Elementary schools as well.
USA CYCLING LAUNCHES U.S. JUNIOR BMX DEVELOPMENT TEAM
(January 23, 2017) — USA Cycling today announced the creation of the U.S. Junior BMX Development Team.
The team, which will serve as the premiere BMX development team in the United States, will focus on developing athletes who will be targeted to win medals at the 2020 and 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
USA Cycling and Director of BMX Jamie Staff have teamed up with Dale Holmes Racing to improve the development of young American riders. Both Staff and Holmes are passionate about youth development in the sport and hope their combined 60 years of experience will help to develop the United States’ next, great BMX athletes.
The team, which will compete in both domestic and international events, will work alongside USA Cycling’s current Olympic medal winning athletes at the training center in Chula Vista, California and have access to top facilities and sports performance staff.
“With this team, we will be able to make sure that our athletes get experience competing alongside the best riders in the world at all major events, which will be key to their development as athletes,” USA Director of BMX Jamie Staff said.
The team, which is made up of junior riders who have shown interest in Supercross style racing and who have proven themselves domestically, has four riders:, Kamren Larsen (Junior Men, Bakersfield, California), Noah Ramos (15 Men, Meadow Vista, California), Payton Ridenour (15 Girls, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) and Colin Whittington (Junior Men, Riverside, California).
The team will compete at a majority of the USABMX national events with possibility of earning places to the UCI World Cup series and other UCI International events during the course of the season.
[Press Release from USA Cycling on our new US Junior Development Program USACycling.org.]
According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine –“The majority of children do not participate in sufficient amounts of daily, health-enhancing physical activity. One strategy to increase activity is to promote it within the after-school setting.” It is more and more evident that schools must play a vital role in nutrition and exercise education while also encouraging and providing opportunities for physical activity.
Our Ride to End Obesity after-school program does just that. Focusing on prevention, we inspire young people to make healthful choices while understanding and having fun being active. Our model of bringing BMX to schools – provides an opportunity for middle school-aged kids to learn about the sport while also finding how great they feel by getting outside and being active. We have reached hundreds of children in San Diego County with the positive message of eating well, staying active and avoiding destructive decisions. We’re mid-way through our 3rd season and we look forward to encouraging young, healthy lives, one school visit at a time!
Our Ride to End Obesity, after school program is back in action, as year #3 is already underway. We’re excited to announce the addition of Dr. Jason Richardson (PhD Psychology) to our team, as he engages in an interactive discussion with participants on our belief systems, our ability to channel our inner strength to make positive decisions, and avoiding destructive thoughts and actions. The latter part of each session is spent on bikes riding through obstacles and challenging one another to basic races. We, of course, conclude each session with prizes and giveaways from our team’s sponsors.