How It Works
Cadence Youth Cycling is a program of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia fostering healthy habits, independence, and leadership, one ride at a time. High school students learn about teamwork, perseverance and goal-setting through the sport of cycling.
In 2017, Cadence Youth Cycling operates seven sites throughout Philadelphia:
W.B. Saul High School
Kipp Dubois Collegiate Academy
Neighborhood Bike Works
Mastery Charter Pickett
Mastery Charter Shoemaker
School Of The Future
Paul Robeson High School
Spring Season| During the spring season, which runs from mid-March until mid-June. Teams train twice a week in the after-school hours, with races and additional events on weekends.
Summer Season| Summer season runs from end of June until mid-August. Practice times vary by site, but are often held in the morning to avoid riding in the heat of the day.
Fall Season| Some of our programming continues during even the fall. Our teams focus on both racing and endurance skills, participating in rides, and engaging in leadership development opportunities.
Athletes that demonstrate responsibility, sportsmanship, and leadership are invited to join the All Stars. Every All Star member commits to additional weekly practices and 15 hours of community service per year.
On top of this commitment, All Star members also have a choice to join one or more of Special Teams. These special teams are:
The Race Team is a team of all-stars that want to push themselves further into the sport of cycling. They develop their strength, their teamwork, and their cycling skills by gaining exposure in local USA Cycling Events. Look for the Race team in local race events such as the Navy Yard Criterium Race, the Battle of Fort Washington, and the Arsenal Criterium.
The CYC Triathlon Team offers an opportunity for All-stars to reach personalized goals aligned with different Triathlon and Duathlon events. Some team members aim to complete their first Tri, while others have the goal to complete an ocean swim Tri. Practices are dedicated to improving their abilities in running and swimming and achieving personalized milestones. Look for the CYC Tri Team at local TriYOUTHalon events, the Atlantic City Tri, and the Wildwood Tri!
MS 150 Team
Circuit Team- The Circuit Team gives our CYC All-stars their first experience in bicycle touring. In partnership with Rails to Trails, the Circuit team explores the various sections of the Circuit, and learns lessons and issues affecting their local watershed.
The Cadence Youth Advisory Committee, consisting of four of our top youth leaders, has a critical role in Cadence youth programming. They provide the youth voice in the program planning process and lead the All Stars in community leadership projects.
Devante Bivins: A 15 year old sophomore at Boys Latin Charter School, Devante joined CYC in 2015 with our Shoemaker team. Over the two years that he has been riding with us he has earned the reputation as one of our most improved riders, quickly becoming one of our swiftest and most committed racers.
Tajae McMillan: A 17 year old junior at Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD). Tajae joined CYC in 2016 with Team NBW, she is an All Star and Tour Team participant. “I am proud of the progress I have made on the bike, especially when it comes to hills!”
Mya Miller: A 17 year old junior at Mastery Charter Pickett Campus, Mya has been a part of CYC for two years and is one of our most dedicated team members. She has exhibited excellent leadership not just on the streets with and without team members, but in school too; Mya is also a part of the Inspiring Leaders Program run by Youth Action at the University of Pennsylvania.
Quyseam Rivera: A 14 year old freshman at Tech Friere Charter School. Quyseam joined CYC in 2015 on the Friere team and has since become an All Star, been on the Tour Team and the Race Team. He is more committed to that #BikeLyfe than most people we’ve met, having great accomplishments racing on the track and even building up his own mountain bike that he uses to shred some local trails.
Each Cadence athlete is provided a bicycle, helmet, and riding kit to use during practice. As students demonstrate their commitment to the team through consistent practice attendance, responsibility, and teamwork, they earn cycling gear such as clipless pedals, cleats, sunglasses, additional kits, and more! Eventually, athletes can earn their bicycle and are allowed to take it home, thus allowing them to use it as a means of transportation and recreation outside of practice hours.
Click here to find out how you can donate your equipment to Cadence.