Donations may also be mailed to:

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


Or donate via Venmo or Paypal by scanning the QR codes

Start the Cycle is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization. 

We welcome your donations!

Here is our 2024 sponsor packet for businesses and individuals: Sponsor Levels 2024

Every dollar we receive goes towards the program and our goals. Money helps pay for:

  • Bikes for each team member
  • Helmets, biking shorts, gloves, hydration packs, tools, jerseys, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Parts and tools for our trailer
  • Food and drink for the team members after each practice
  • Transportation for some of our point-to-point practices and races
  • This website that we use to communicate with our team members, their family and our mentors!

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors: Marquette Mountain Bike Park, Cleveland Cliffs Inc., Provisions MQT, Integrated Designs Inc., Tristan’s Legacy of Hope & Healing, Tailored, Select Realty Sean Leahy, Blackrocks, Quickstop Bike Shop, West End Ski & Trail, Sportsrack, West End Health Foundation, Upper Peninsula Health Systems, Meijer, Rippling River Resort, Peninsula Solar, Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, Northstar Investments and Ore To Shore Mountain Bike Epic

Support of 2024 fundraising campaign!

Please join us in supporting Start the Cycle’s 2024 summer program season by purchasing your raffle tickets today! 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.