DUST2 Progress, Support Opportunity, Winter Events and New Trail Map
To support our work in 2018, we are joining Face Book’s #GivingTuesday, November 28, to get a jump start on our fundraising. Our goal is to raise the funds needed to cover our fixed expenses and general operating costs. These expenses include both organizational and team insurance, accounting and subscription fees, and coaches license’s and certifications.
All donations made to DUST2 on Giving Tuesday will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support–we couldn’t do it without you!
We are a group of people who live and work in Pagosa Springs who are passionate about cycling, promoting active life styles and seeing Pagosa’s youth thrive by providing opportunities to embrace an active life style.
Promoting active lifestyles in Archuleta County youth through the development of a junior mountain bike team and championing the construction of an urban trail system connecting community, schools and town parks.
PHASE 1 Urban Single Track Trail: NEW MAP!
On October 20, 2016, the Pagosa Springs Town Council unanimously approved a motion to budget for the 2017 construction of the revised Phase 1 Urban Single Track Trail. Tony Boone LLC, who was awarded the bid, has constructed an amazing multi loop trail system behind the High School. Check out the map and go ride this super sweet trail!
DUST2, TOPS and the ASD have finalized, approved and signed the Phase 1 maintenance agreement which defines the legal responsibilities of each partner.
See this map in printable size here.
It’s time to GET FAT Pagosa!
Mark you calendars for the DUST2 2018 Winter Fat Bike Races!
Our fat bike races have it all for riders of every ability, so bring the whole family and all your friends!
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT DUST2
Let it snow!
Our Board of Directors:
DUST2 is excited to announce new board members for 2018, Ron Houston, Carrie Wienckowski and Andy Guinn. We are grateful to have continued support from our great community as we work to make Pagosa a safer, more adventurous place for kids to ride bikes!
Annie Sewell, President and Treasurer
Janine Emmets, Secretary
Why a youth cycling team?
The benefits that cycling as a sport impart, especially when started at a young age, are the best affirmation of a youth cycling team. In an article titled, “Benefits of Youth Cycling Programs” by blogger, Melissa Davidson, the most unique and powerful aspect of cycling as a sport is that the success of the team depends on the performance of each and every team mate. There are no positions, no offense or defense, no first, second or third string. In short, there are no bench warmers in the sport of cycling because every team mate has the potential to earn points for the team simply by finishing the race.
In addition to it’s inclusivity, cycling builds self confidence. Many kids who join a cycling team don’t come with a lot of cycling experience. As kids learn bike skills, increase their ability to ride well, and receive affirmation from their coaches, they gain confidence that comes from realizing that they can do something new; a confidence that impacts many aspects of their lives. Not only this, but kids who engage in regular physical activity feel better about themselves and others.
Davidson says it best in her blog when she states that, “Mountain biking is not yet a mainstream sport, and kids aren’t encouraged to go pro. The emphasis of a youth cycling team is the development of confidence, leadership and independence through learning a new skill and working with a team.”
Davidson, Melissa. “Benefits of Youth Cycling Programs”. National Interscholastic Cycling Association. May 2016. Web. 21, March, 2017.
But lets not forget that one of the most important aspects of a youth cycling team are the coaches. For the most part, coaching a youth cycling team is not a full-time job with benefits. Cycling team coaches generally work a 9:00-5:00 job and coach in their spare time. They are required to attend annual trainings and maintain certifications to keep their licenses current in addition to program development, fundraising and public relations. But most importantly, youth cycling team coaches are driven by their desire to help kids realize their potential, to see future generations succeed, and to set the example for the kids they coach.
Probably one of the most attractive aspects of cycling as a sport is that it doesn’t end after high school or college. Cycling is, for most of us, a sport that we can still easily engage in and actually feel good doing it. Years after high school and college, many of us are still able to get on a bike without throwing out our back, irritating that old sports injury or feeling our age. And I think that it is safe to say that most of us would quickly regain that sense of freedom, adventure and pure joy after a couple of pedal strokes on a bike.
Together with the Town of Pagosa Springs and the Archuleta School District, DUST2 will continue to work toward the goal of making the sport of mountain biking in Pagosa accessible to every kid, brining adventure-packed trails to your front door, and getting kids on bikes!
To become a sponsor of our youth cycling team or donate to our urban single track initiative, or to learn more about DUST2 and for detailed information, please visit our website at: http://www.dustx2.com