The Austin cycling team is about to enter its 10th season on the track and the program, which combines riders from Austin and Pacelli schools, is still rolling strong.
This year’s team has been hard at work throughout the summer by cutting through trees at Schindler’s Way, riding up Skinner’s Hill, and collecting a few scrapes and bumps from the occasional fall.
Kaci Wallin joined the cycling team for the first time this year and she’s already learned that it’s all about letting go of your reservations and putting forth a solid effort.
“Don’t be scared and try everything,” Wallin said. “You have everything to lose if you don’t and nothing to lose if you do.”
There are approximately 35 riders on this year’s team and they all come from various backgrounds. Some are multi-sport athletes and some use cycling as their only sport. All of the riders are welcoming and supportive of their teammates.
“You have to be generally athletic, but anyone can do it,” said Grant Mareel, who is in his fourth year on the team. “We have different groups of people. Some do it for fun and some do it competitively. It’s really how much you put into the sport. If you just want to have fun with it, we’ll support you, but if you want to push yourself, you’ll have a lot of teammates pushing you to do better.”
Brynlee Olson is a third year rider who has used the sport to compete, while also expanding her social circle.“There are new […]