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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.  

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.

Building an Environment for Growth

Building Relationships

Healthy Habits

Achieving Goals


Exercise and Fitness

Safe Space

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.

News & Events

Because Trails Fundraiser

A huge thank you to Because Trails Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic for inviting us back for our annual rummage gear and clothing sale at Rippling River Resort Campground over the

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