Indiana’s First High School Bicycle Club Started at Providence Cristo Rey
08.16.2012 – courtesy of www.pcrhs.org
Providence Cristo Rey High School (PCRHS) in Indianapolis has partnered with Marian University Indianapolis (www.marian.edu) and the Indy Cycloplex to create a PCRHS cycling club to further the PCRHS mission of providing a transformational educational experience for its students. Marian University’s cycling team is the preeminent cycling program in the United States having won 18 national championships in three disciplines and dozens of other national and Midwestern cycling titles.
The PCRHS cycling club will have access to the Marian University cycling facilities, which are second to none in the country. Located at the Indy Cycloplex, the facilities include the historic Major Taylor Velodrome, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in August; Indiana’s first permanent cyclocross park; a national-caliber, newly renovated BMX track; and a training criterium course. The club will also benefit from the commitment and leadership of Dean Peterson, Marian’s head cycling coach and the executive director of the Indy Cycloplex, who will lead the team.
“The partnership exists to develop Indiana’s first high school cycling club registered with USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body,” said Peterson. “Together, we will develop a pipeline of cyclists coming out of Indianapolis and realize a more significant infrastructure to further the development of the sport of cycling in America. And, we can give students at Providence Cristo Rey an opportunity to ride and explore cycling as a sport which could open opportunities through college and beyond.”
The school’s Corporate Work Study partners, August Mack Environmental, Inc. and Shiel Sexton, Inc., are leading the effort to garner broad support among the school’s other corporate partners. On August 8 and 9, volunteers and approximately 70 new PCRHS students spent time at the Indy Cycloplex with Coach Peterson learning about opportunities in cycling and the Cycloplex venue. They also had the opportunity to ride track and cyclocross bikes—many for the first time. Nearly 30 students signed up for the new cycling club as a result of the experience.
Geoff Glanders, the CEO of August Mack Environmental, has been instrumental in assembling the human infrastructure necessary to make the idea of a high school club become a reality. As one of the school’s 53 Corporate Work Study partners, August Mack employs five PCRHS students.
“At the end of the day, it allows us to continue investing in our PCR student workers and facilitating their growth by emphasizing the life?long benefits of productive athletic pursuits, as well as the fellowship and community aspects of being on the team,” Glanders commented. “The program will also help to promote the integration of faith into daily life and provide a strong support system for the students, which is so important to both Providence Cristo Rey and Marian University.”