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  • STC Indoor Practice – POSTPONED
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    April 9, 2020

    This is our first indoor practice.

    Parents of ALL NEW AND RETURNING participants are required to attend for paperwork.

    Indoor practice will be from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Negaunee Township Hall. 42 M-35, Negaunee, MI 49866

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  • UP Pink Power Walk
    8:00 AM-8:00 PM
    April 18, 2020

    The annual UP Pink Power Walk will be on April 18th. It starts at Tall Timbers in Gwinn.

    This is a fundraiser for UP Pink Power, a non-profit that provided Start the Cycle with our own AED that is located in our trailer. We love to support them and welcome all of our participants and their families to join us by either biking or walking for this fundraiser.

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  • Mentor Retreat
    12:00 PM-4:00 PM
    April 19, 2020

    All Senior Mentors (21+) should plan on attending our first-ever Mentor Retreat. At Barrel + Beam from 12-4 pm.

    Food and beverages will be provided.

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  • STC Indoor Practice
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    April 23, 2020

    Indoor practice will be from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Negaunee Township Hall. 42 M-35, Negaunee, MI 49866

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  • STC Indoor Practice
    5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    April 30, 2020

    Indoor practice will be from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Negaunee Township Hall. 42 M-35, Negaunee, MI 49866

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Start the Cycle is a cycling team program that introduces at-risk youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire and summer mountain biking. The volunteers and mentors provide the structure for participants to achieve goals and have a sense of belonging. The goal of the program is to complete the 906 Polar Roll Fat Tire Bike Race in February and the Ore 2 Shore Epic Mountain Bike Race in August. At-risk teens can benefit from mentoring and challenge based goals that enable them to experience success. The participants are supported by volunteers, donors, mentors and role models from the community as they progress through the program. By providing positive experiences for participants, other objectives of the program include improving the youth’s grades in school, establishing goals, expanding social skills and building trust. Monitoring on both an individual and group basis is recorded weekly, reviewed and evaluated by the 25th Circuit Court, Family Division, and volunteer coordinators responsible for the individual and group activities. The youth meet weekly for biking experiences, team building activities and outdoor mountain biking. Group discussions will emphasize the value of teamwork, achievement through effort, the need for boundaries, establishing goals, and planning to achieve those goals. Strict rules of conduct will be followed for the privilege to participate.

Start the Cycle started in 2013 and is now a registered non-profit organization.

Board of Directors: Laura MacDonald, Julie Maynard, Sarah Carlson,  Tom Shaw, Cora Ohnstad, Kate Dohnal, Aurora Dobbs, Bruce Closser, Erich Petushek