Dear Friends, Family, and Alumni of UCLA Cycling
Cycling provides an outlet for many people to discover new places, friends, and physical and mental abilities. While cycling has countless benefits, the sports biggest obstacle is that it's expensive. The UCLA Cycling team aims to bridge this cost barrier for incoming students by providing the necessary resources (most notably, entry-level bikes) through school and community donations. By reducing the barrier of entry to this sport we hope to grow our wonderful community of cyclists and allow for more equitable access to the sport. However, as college students with a limited budget, this is difficult for us to do. Our two biggest goals for 2021 are to fundraise for a storage locker as well as team road bikes that can be lent to new riders to develop their skills and nurture a passion for cycling.
In addition, we are fortunate to have equipment donated to us throughout sponsors and alumni. These donations are crucial for helping us provide cycling enthusiasts with the necessary gear to get out on the roads. We have found a storage solution that is spacious, conveniently located and, most importantly, safe for our equipment. Your donations will allow us to pay for the storage unit for 12 months as well as purchasing 8 team owned bicycles.
The cycling team has an immense impact on those who participate, whether it is a form of exercise, social networking, influencing the greater community, or all of the above. Alumni and family, including you, have created a positive learning environment for our student athletes to grow from their experience on UCLA Cycling. Many of our alumni have become entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, and more. We have even had professional cyclists graduate from UCLA Cycling, who have also raced at Nationals which helped define their college experience! You may remember you college days and how the challenges you faced helped you learn, but the community around you contributed to your learning. UCLA Cycling needs your help to ensure our college students mature and learn from the cycling team and develop as better human beings. We need you to help us achieve our goals, just as you did, of increased organization among the team while racing at the highest level in the country.
UCLA Cycling embodies the mentality of not single-minded focus, but rather active rotation and demonstrating ability to shift attention between healthy facets of life. While having an overarching vision is powerful and path orienting, finding smaller and achievable goals are just as important in the development of self-understanding and societal meaning in a rapidly changing world. These late teenage years and early 20’s are a time of transition.
In addition, we are greatly involved in the larger community by promoting safe cycling through treacherous streets of Los Angeles. We have volunteered at the Los Angeles River Ride, mentored younger cyclists to commute and race safely, and united the California cycling scene with virtual fundraisers, events, and the annual UCLA Road Race.
Find us out on the road at our local coffee shop sponsor, 10-Speed, volunteering at events that promote safe riding in the streets of Los Angeles, and generally being friendly faces around the Los Angeles area and global cycling community.
You can help support this vision of cycling that we hold. You can make an impact on the lives of our countless future cyclists.
The UCLA Cycling Team
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