Last year my son joined Cycling Development as a freshman and loved every aspect of the team. He made some great new friends, was mentored by some fantastic coaches and older riders, and became a much stronger and confident rider and person as the season progressed.
My wife and I appreciated the “family-like” atmosphere of the team and how organized the coaches are (online calendar for races and practices, great communication from the coaches, race day set-up and take-down, etc).
In short, the whole season was pleasant and enjoyable. We are already looking forward to the 2018-2019 season.
Jim and Erin Shoemake
When my son was entering High School he saw a table on the Mountain Bike Team. At the time he could not ride 2 miles without stopping. I asked how long the rides and races were - they said they rode over 20 miles for practice and the races were about 15. I looked at him and said you sure?! It took a lot (big understatement!) to get him to learn about conditioning, diet, discipline, teamwork to lean to be a team race member - it is not all about the individual. They did that, and more. The caring, understanding, mechanical and mentality ability of the coaches is the best I have seen in a youth sports program. Definitely a good investment for our future!
Our family was first introduced to Cycling Development a few years back and have been continually impressed. By no means is it an exaggeration to say that the opportunity provided by Cycling Development changed and improved the lives of all entire family. Cycling Development offers a lifestyle to each of their athletes that allows personal growth within team environment. The growth my son David has experienced directly attributable to Cycling Development is immeasurable and we as a family are thankful to each and every person associated with this outstanding group. I often describe Mark Ferry and the outstanding volunteers as, "The Real Deal". We just completed the first season with our second son Mark and i could not be more pleased. God Bless this group.
We are so thankful for Cycling Development and the opportunity it has provided for our son to pursue a non-traditional team sport. He is so excited about cycling! At times it’s challenging to balance school, homework and training, but he’s learning some great lessons about scheduling and managing his time. He’s also learned a lot about working hard, being consistent and committed. We are so impressed with all of the volunteer coaches and parents, who are just amazing!
- Dion Goldsworthy (parent)
My daughter was new to cycling for the Spring 2018 season and the Cycling Development Team welcomed her with enthusiasm, caring and support. They stayed with her each moment and cheered her on as she was able to challenge herself and push herself beyond limits and see success. The coaching staff was always there to help and answer questions, and the team offered flexibility with her scheduling conflicts when needed. Overall, it was a great experience for her and has made her a stronger, more confident person. It confirmed she can do anything she sets her mind to and overcome any obstacles in her way.
Cycling Development cares about every member, students and adults. They have so many caring adults that coach, cook, set up and take down equipment, store equipment, make deals with cycling companies to get deals for the student athletes and many more jobs like this. The caring is shown on the athlete faces (gleaming smiles) when they accomplish their goals, or even when just riding their bikes. Cycling Dev is not only a great non profit, but a great community. I love it.
“We’re very proud to work with Cycling Development”. They’re program and instructors have given kids that may not fit the “traditional sports” programs at school and opportunity to compete individually and as a team. I can see the value their program and cycling ads to our youth as I was one of “those” kids. As a young student I started cycling and went on to turn professional. Cycling gave me amazing opportunities to travel and compete as a kid and even now as an adult. You won’t find a better cycling mentor program in the country. REALLY.
- John Crews (sponsor)
- BMX Hall of Fame Member
- Owner - Bicycles Plus - “Top 100 Bike Shop in America”
Remember the joy and exhilaration your children experienced the first time they learned to ride a bicycle? A little trepidation but then mastery of a skill—confidence, independence—hey, I can do this! That is what Cycling Development is all about for our high schoolers. Studies show teenagers participating in high school sports will draw on that experience in their future years. Cut and paste this URL from the New York Times: https://tinyurl.com/y7kcszge You know words like “self-confidence,” “leadership,” and so forth. I’m not sure how it happens but it does, I’ve seen it. Cycling Development puts high school kids on mountain bikes, then they ride and race from December to May. No one wants the season to end so they’ll get together to ride during the summer until the season starts again.
—Patrick Murphy (parent)
Joining the Cycling Development family was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has taught me key responsibilities, respect, and perseverance. Riding bikes with others who have the same passion and conditioning to reach our own goals was awesome. This sport pushes you to the boundaries, which was hard to find in other previous sports I participated in. If you put in effort through conditioning hard and learning you will see major improvements no matter what. The support provided from families, coaches, and teammates was remarkable. Cycling has been very beneficial to me through keeping me out of trouble, building my confidence, and keeping me in great shape. If your looking for a extreme challenge but an even more satisfying reward Cycling Development is for you!- Jared Green (high school student)
Cycling Development has changed the way I view sports. Being part of one big team composed of so many riders, coaches, leaders and supporters has helped motivate me to achieve higher goals while having a great time spending time with so many great people. There is something extremely satisfying about finishing a hard workout and not being able to walk normally the next day, along with your other friends that worked just as hard as you did. Cycling Development is like one big family that I will never forget.
- Nathan (high school student)
Cycling Development was one of the best parts of my high school experience. The camaraderie from the team members and the support from the amazing ride leaders and coaches created an incredibly supportive atmosphere, where it was safe to push yourself to places you had never gone before. I truly cherish my 3 years in Cycling Development, and given the chance, would do it all over again.
Cycling Dev has made me a stronger person overall. Such as, I have gained many new friends and many new skills. One of those very important skills I learned was how to deal with pain and exhaustion. A skill that separates the good from the best! So without Cycling Dev, I would not be the Great rider I am today!!
- Kort Ramel (high school student and now college student)
Back in middle school I tried all of the usual team sports but none of them really stuck with me. I had few friends since I played no sports and felt like I didn't belong. Then I discovered mountain bike racing through Cycling Development. The first thing that struck me was how friendly and accepting they were. Even though I was slow and came in last place at most races, they kept encouraging me to train and keep at it. Two years later Cycling Development has transformed me from an overweight outcast to a NorCal champion. The most important thing to me about Cycling Development is that we are all one big family. The coaches are such great influences on us riders and never hesitate to help anyone. They are great role models and teach us the value of citizenship and good sportsmanship. Cycling Development has given me a place to belong. It has given me a purpose and ideals to strive for, and taught me the importance of hard work and dedication. Without Cycling Development I don't know where I'd be in life.
- Cody Schwartz (high school student)
Cycling Development was a great way for my son to learn some very valuable life skills. He became a self-reliant person, confident and secure with who he is. Cycling showed him that he could get more out of it with hard work and self discipline. He was a team player and took a leadership role, belonging and contributing to a greater whole, building freindships and respect. He got into phenomenal shape, training with others motivated him and he built high-endurance and skills. Best of all he had fun! – What a great sport and with the support of some very giving people, it was BIG success for him. He continues to excel in new challenges.
- Brad Maur (parent)
Our family has been involved with Cycling Development for the past two years and looking forward, with great expectation, to another fantastic season ahead. Over the years our son has participated in numerous sports including soccer, wrestling, Moto-cross, and others however none of these can compare to his experience with the bike team. Although he excelled at each sport he has participated in, the past two years has seen exponential growth in his self-discipline, physical and mental conditioning, sportsmanship, and overall enjoyment. We clearly attribute this to the outstanding personal character and dedication of the head coach and his coaching volunteers. These coaches take a personal interest in the individual team members and help them each reach their full potential in ways we have not seen previously with any of our four kids. We easily give Cycling Development 5 stars!
- Scott and Kirsten Lewis
Our son joined the high school mountain bike team as a freshman training with Cycling Development. We were impressed from the beginning with the organization and all the people associated with it. From the very beginning we were treated like family. Our son very quickly became stronger, more confident and very motivated. We have made great friends with many parents and coaches and love how involved most of the families are. The coaches are all very generous with their time and committed to helping each child develop to their full potential. We’ve also been impressed with the way experienced team riders consistently support new riders with equipment and training assistance whenever needed. Through their Cycling Development experience we have seen kids develop not only personally and individually but also as leaders and mentors for others. Overall a wonderful sport and organization to be involved in.
James & Lani Foster