Building Community Through Biking


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.

Building Relationships

Working together as a team and with mentors helps to establish goals, expand social skills and build trust.  

Healthy Habits

Getting outdoors, promoting physical activity, providing emotional support and building a community. Biking is healthy in many ways!  

Achieving Goals

All participants work together to achieve the common goal of competing in the Ore┬áto Shore Moutain Bike Epic and/or the Polar Roll Fat Bike Race.  

Join Our Team

For a list of required participant qualifications, look at our Team Page

Team Member Application:

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

Returning Team Member Application:

Returning members can fill out the following for the summer season: Start the Cycle Returning Application

Referral Form:

If you are a social worker, teacher, neighbor, etc., and know of a child that would be a good fit for our program, please fill out the form below. Referral Form

Send all forms to

[email protected] or mail to:

Start The Cycle
P.O. Box 815
Marquette, MI 49855

***Deadline for applications for the 2022 summer program is MARCH 17, 2022. The first indoor training/practice is tentatively April 7th.

Become a Mentor:

Without our amazing mentors and volunteers, Start the Cycle would not be possible! Junior Mentor Application Adult Mentor Application
If you are interested in attending our mentor training on March 16th, 2022, please email us at [email protected]