Swampscott youth takes his love of cycling regionally
Special to Wicked Local
Swampscott’s Lex Picillo, 14, loves cycling. He’s competed in many cycling races and triathlons. And now he wants to help others in a neighboring state have the same opportunities.
The Swampscott teen is competing in the May 7 CCAP Breakaway Benefit Cycling Festival, a fundraising event for youth cycling programs in Connecticut’s schools and towns. The funds raised helps start more youth teams, empowers more coaches to lead and gets more kids on bikes, according to race officials.
This mission is something that Picillo holds near and dear to his heart. Cycling as well as triathlons has been such a massive part of his life. He can be seen training in and around Swampscott and Marblehead.
The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program’s (CCAP) mission is to ensure that Connecticut’s youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league, according to literature from the CCAP.
“The sport of cycling teaches a child or young adult a wealth of values, social skills and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across the state with the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment,” officials wrote.More than 55 Connecticut school districts and towns have created CCAP-registered cycling programs or are in the process of establishing cycling clubs and teams. Over 600 youth participate in these programs. In addition, over 35 CCAP youth-specific events, camps and […]