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“Moore Fun” youth cycling event slated for this weekend

"Moore Fun" youth cycling event slated for this weekend

The Klamath teen cycling team gears up for practice. Molly O’Brien/Herald & News If you ask the Klamath team of youth cyclists, eighth-grader Lenin Heaton…

Thursday, Oct 13

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The Klamath teen cycling team gears up for practice. Molly O’Brien/Herald & News If you ask the Klamath team of youth cyclists, eighth-grader Lenin Heaton will be the first to tell you of his younger sister Hazel’s accomplishments in the sport.

“She’s won every single race this year,” Lenin said.

Hazel Heaton took first place in her grouping at the Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League (OICL) State Championship in 2021 and now serves as the Series Leader for seventh-grade girls.

The event — titled Moore Fun in Klamath Falls — is the last of four races in which Oregon youth cyclists have competed in this season.

After a pre-ride Friday, Oct. 14, the teams will put their pedals to the metal the morning of Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 with the first of three waves of riders taking off at 8:30 a.m. each day.

The OICL State Championship will take place two weeks later at the Madras East Hills trails system Sunday, Oct. 30 in Madras.

Lilian Schiavo-Gilmour and Zach Gilmour, owners of Zach’s Bikes, are the director and head coach of the Klamath program, respectively.Cycling enthusiasts themselves, Gilmour and Schiavo-Gilmour got involved six years ago when the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) started the program in Oregon.“We started off with about five kids the first year,” Gilmour said, “and that number has about doubled every year since.”The team now has 29 children and 15 coaches, Gilmour and Schiavo-Gilmour said.The couple emphasized that this program is all about the teens and about inclusivity.Schiavo-Gilmour said […]

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