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Start The Cycle is dedicated to building confidence and self-esteem in local youth.

Building Community Through Biking

The Start the Cycle helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for at least the duration of a program season.  

Support of 2024 fundraising campaign!

Please join us in supporting Start the Cycle’s 2024 summer program season by purchasing your raffle tickets today, CLICK HERE! This year STC is thrilled to offer two prizes: 

– One Trek Fuel EXe 9.5 full suspension e-mountain bike, retail value: $6,499.99 

– A pair of Aventon Level.2 cruiser commuter bikes, retail value: $3,400.00

One ticket enters you into a drawing for either prize. Tickets will be sold online and in-person. Purchasers of tickets sold online will receive their ticket stub(s) in the mail. Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.

Start The Cycle is a group cycling program in Marquette County that encourages and motivates youth by modeling an example of healthy lifestyle, physical activity and positive emotional support.

When students apply to become a member on the STC team, they are expected to attend weekly practices for 20 weeks and prepare to achieve the goal of completing the 28-mile Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic Race. When they commit and achieve this goal, they earn their mountain bike, riding gear and equipment. For some students, this bike becomes their only reliable form of transportation to obtain employment – allowing them to financially contribute to their household or learn financial responsibility. For other students, this bike becomes a healthy hobby and a source of freedom when they need to take a break from their home life or negative influences. Students that have earned their bikes are welcome back to participate in future seasons as long as they respect their equipment.

There is no financial responsibility for the student or their family to participate. STC is solely funded by grants, private donations, and our annual bike-raffle fundraiser. STC is solely organized and supported by volunteers. In addition to 35-45 student participants, trained adult mentors also commit to the 20-week practice schedule, with either direct one-on-one mentorship or two students per adult mentor. 

Ways that you can be involved:

Become a Mentor

Ages 21+

By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Become a Junior Mentor

Ages 17 - 20

Did you benefit from being a part of Start the Cycle and would like to help others get that same benefit? Become a Junior Mentor and help make a difference.

Join our Team

Ages 12 - 17

If you are the parent/guardian of a child that would like to participate in Start the Cycle, please fill out the form below.

*Must be 12 years of age before May 1st

Become a Donor

Building an Environment for Growth

Building Relationships

Healthy Habits

Achieving Goals


Exercise and Fitness

A space where you can be BRAVE

Start The Cycle is dedicated to building confidence
and self esteem in local youth.

Our team members and mentors meet weekly in the summer and winter to practice mountain and snow biking skills on the local trail networks in the Marquette area. They learn basic bike maintenance, trail etiquette, and first aid. The participants are supported by volunteers, donors, mentors and role models from the community as they progress throughout the program. Start the Cycle is a non-profit program that is made possible by generous sponsors and donations.

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