Youth Spotlight: Rowan
Join me in celebrating youth cyclist, Rowan, this month.
A Passion For Helping People
We first met Rowan in our pre-pandemic Bikes & Barnyards summer camp. He was like most of the middle school boys in the program – squirrely and full of energy. I remember him laughing and running and being loud with the rest of the boys. Everything expected of summer fun.
When I was told he'd be joining the Spoke'n Revolutions team it made me smile. Why it never occurred to ask him to join a year or two earlier, I'll never know at this point. I'm just glad he's here now.
His wit and keen sense of humor helped to quickly build friendships among the other youth in the group. It wasn't long before he found his place among the team. But just like all the new members this year, training to bike 20-25 miles in one go is a challenge and we hoped the actual tour would not be too much for Rowan. We had to just wait and see.
Taking The Number One Position
It all became clear on a 2AM call to his Mom while on tour. That's when he told her how much he loves biking. He loves the people on the tour with him and he doesn't want to stop. Rowan now takes his turn "pulling" the team as he rides in the number one position on the group rides. On the latest Spoke'n Revolutions Fall Excursion from Greensboro back to Carrboro he led the team 4 times. Toughing it out going up the hills and "hitting it" with blazing speed down the hills.
The Spoke'n Revolutions Summer Experience and the Fall Excursions brought to the surface what's golden about Rowan and why those around him know he's special. Now he's becoming aware of his own inner strength and unique gifts. This was definitely made possible by your loving support.
Rowan is passionate about helping people which makes him meld easily into the Triangle Bikeworks family. He's going to stick with us and continue riding bikes. With his personality of "living in the moment" his next adventure will be mountain biking with the TYMBR Wolves. Which is the perfect sport for him to transition next.
Like me, I'm sure you're waiting in anticipation for his next transformation.
It's the End of the Year As We Know It
And we feel fine.
Rowan is growing! Watch a few minutes of that growth.
The 4 months of fall training rides culminated into our grand tour to Greensboro. Due to school scheduling we could only fit in two days. But it was two excellent days of cycling!
Our Theory of Change is simple: You help us provide the opportunity and youth will thrive. Find out the details in this short video.
Thanks for your investments this year!
At the end of every 4 month season, the work the youth have done for the quarter ends in a bike tour. This year's Fall Excursions Tour explored the historic city of Greensboro, NC.
North Carolina A&T State University Tour – Spoke'n Revolutions Fall Excursions
I joked that we couldn't have asked for better weather at 70+ degrees for our final tour of the year. If we did, we should be ashamed!
At the end of every 4 month season, the work the youth have done for the quarter ends in a bike tour. This year's Fall Excursion Tour explored the historic area of Greensboro, NC. Seven youth and three adults embarked on a 97.7-mile round trip journey and explored the world-changing history surrounding the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in and its connection to NC A&T State University. It was the perfect culmination of a year of advocacy and attention to Black Lives and the history around them.
At our first day closing circle, the youth reflected on the little-known history facts they learned from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and they have excellent interpreters, by the way.
Here are some of the facts:
The 50 mile ride from our office in Carrboro was mostly led by the youth and by mid-day the weather was so mild it could have been mistaken for a spring day. Although we had a late start the youth were refreshed enough to take the walking tour of the museum. After a "somewhat" quick shower, we had dinner at nearby buffet. Feeling nutritionally satisfied, the youth completed their journal entries before calling it a day.
The next morning they arose early for a tour of the North Carolina A&T State University campus and more little known history. At the reflection pool there are four columns that bear witness with bullet holes to May 1969, when the National Guard was called to the school and students and other protesters were fired upon.
With tour complete the ride home was seemingly easier as they rode the elevation down into Carrboro.
Thanks for contributing during our Giving Tuesday event. You helped us raise over $3,000 to support the youth of Triangle Bikeworks!
If you weren't able to make a gift on Giving Tuesday, no worries. You can choose any day of the week to make an investment.
Giving Tuesday Momentum Leads to TYMBR Wolves Trails
Since inception Triangle Bikeworks has relied on generous investors like you to be the angels behind the scenes that make all the miracles happen.
As recent as Glen's participation in the Summer Experience Tour traveling the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida – ultimately reaching St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country – back to Itza taking the inaugural Underground Railroad ride through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to reach Niagara Falls. It's been you who has helped youth like Glen discover their authentic selves.
Not only did you invest in youth having transformative experiences traveling cross-country you're now providing the opportunity for mountain biking experiences to an audience very new to the sport. And mountain biking is a whole 'nother beast when it comes to cognitive development. I kid you NOT.
Where long distance travel by bike is meditative, mountain biking is the EXACT opposite. You have got stay focused on the trail. Which builds neural pathways! No wonder it's a joy to ride.
Sam, a Bicycle Alliance Chapel Hill member, volunteers on training rides and tours to ensure the youth's safety while out on the road.
100 Mile Club
Well, Here We Are
It's hard to believe it but I'm talking about the end of the year. We always knew we'd get here, just not how.
It's been quite a year and the youth couldn't have done it without your help, support, and investments.
Why these three words which are very similar?
Let me explain.
HELP – Your In-Kind support is the flesh of Triangle Bikeworks. You supported the youth with bike gear and clothing. It's what allows us to outfit each youth in protective, moisture wicking clothing.
SUPPORT – You create fundraisers and spread the word about what each youth is doing here at Triangle Bikeworks to better understand themselves, our history, and how they can impact the environment. That effort on your part encourages them to continue on this personal journey of self-discovery.
INVESTMENTS – Your financial contribution allows them to do what they do. You provide the scholarships to attend the Triangle Bikeworks "University of Empowerment". You establish the endowment of Triangle Bikeworks. In turn, we provide the programs where youth get to BIKE.LEARN.LEAD.
MLK Day of Service
Parent Engagement Ride
Tarwheels Fun Ride