As a sport, cycling can be a powerful force for positive change. It develops the rider’s confidence. It builds strength and endurance in body and mind. It teaches how to have grit and overcome obstacles. It creates community, purpose, and belonging. Not to mention that cycling is just plain fun.
For many, the high costs of bikes and gear have put the sport out of reach. Richmond Cycling Corps (RCC) is working to change that. A non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, their goal is to break the cycle of poverty for young people through the power of bicycles.
From their Legacy Cycling program (which includes an MTB and road teams) to casual recreational rides and community outreach, RCC is sharing the joys of cycling with low-income youngsters in Richmond’s East End — at zero cost to their families.
Endura is proud to support the Legacy Cycling team and we’ve donated a full Endura Custom race kit to each rider and also supplied funding to help RCC build new facilities at their Armstrong Bike Park base.
You can help support the valuable work that RCC do in their community and look as awesome as the Legacy Cycling team at the same time with our new Richmond Cycling Corps SingleTrack T – available for men and women in the same graphics that RCC’s Legacy Cycling team rock. Handmade in Scotland by Endura Custom, it’s a technical tee that can worn on or off the bike. $20 from the sale of each RCC SingleTrack T will go to the organization to support their activities.
They’re also providing incredible new experiences. This summer, RCC took their Legacy Cycling team to Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia for a training camp with downhill racer DeAngelo Washington. The team normally rides and competes on cross country trails, and many of the racers got to experience downhill riding for the first time at Snowshoe.
The training camp helped prepare the Legacy Cycling racers for the upcoming race season, and the team’s skills — and excitement — grew with each new challenge. From rock drops to root sections, berms, and wall rides, the trip brought the team closer together and helped build their confidence as racers.
The lessons that cycling teaches are just as valuable on the bike as off: the willingness to try new things, trust in yourself and your teammates, mastery over your emotions, energy, and body. That’s what makes RCC’s work so important. More than just a race team, RCC helps their racers apply confidence on and off the bike with tutoring, navigating school, applying for colleges, finding housing, or anything else that might come up.
Thank you, as well, to the team at Snowshoe Bike Park for their assistance with bike park passes and lodging.