For the second year in a row, The SB100 is proud to support the future of our cycling community through the sponsorship of two of Santa Barbara's top youth cycling programs. This Saturday we will welcome 30 promising young cyclists from the Echelon Junior Team and the Riviera Youth Bike Team with free entry to any of our four incredible courses.
Please take this opportunity to support and encourage these up-and-coming riders, by learning more about the Echelon Junior Team and the Riviera Youth Bike Team.
Echelon Junior Cycling Team
The Echelon Junior Cycling Team is a local cycling development program under the Echelon Santa Barbara Club. The program is committed to developing each rider's skills and fitness as cyclists, as well as their personal growth and commitment to the community. Since it's founding in 1984, Echelon juniors have raced at professional levels, won state and national championships, and competed in the Olympics.
"Echelon is committed to expanding the Juniors Program to include more girls, at risk children, those from historically underserved communities, and any child that wants to explore the world of competitive cycling," said Bill Sargent, President of Echelon Santa Barbara. "With over 18 riders currently participating, our goal is to be increasingly inclusive, accommodating all levels of interest and commitment from riders new to the sport to those at the elite level."
18 Echelon Junior Team members will join us Saturday including Ruben Saatjian, Kieran Hook and Case Regan who led their group to a Gibraltar Challenge team victory, while earning individual wins within their age group.
Riviera Youth Bike Team
RYBT is a year-round cycling team for kids ages 10-13 struggling with obesity, low self-esteem, bullying, financial hardship, and learning differences. RYBT provides the tools children need to reach and maintain their health and fitness goals in a fun, organized, and supportive team environment, while learning about resources in various cycling communities.
"The Riviera Youth Bike Team and I couldn't be happier to be riding again in this year's event," said Zack Bertges, Founder of the Riviera Youth Bike Team. "After our inaugural season with the SB100 in 2015, we saw a huge spike of interest from our RYBT riders for more, and I attribute this to their first-hand experience with a high-quality event and an organization that supports youth empowerment through bicycling."
The Santa Barbara 100 is also pleased to announce the Riviera Youth Bike Team will also be named a beneficiary for this year's event in recognition of everything the program does to support at-risk youth through the sport of cycling.
We are honored to give these children the opportunity to take part in our world-class event, and participate along-side fellow members of the Santa Barbara cycling community.
Don't miss out on the awards ceremony this Saturday, October 22nd at 3:30PM at Ledbetter Beach where we'll announce the winners of the Gibraltar Challenge of all age groups, and the RYBT will recognize their riders with special awards for their completion of the 34-mile course.
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