Riding with the big dogs

While exercising one’s mind is important, so is exercising the body. For a group of students at St. Columba School, the opportunities to do so rolled in four years ago, when teacher Nicole Schnee had the idea to start an after-school bike program. With the help of school principal, Kevin Chick, she began the St. Columba Mountain Bike Club. The club offers a noncompetitive learning environment for fifth-to eighth-graders in hopes of getting students comfortable enough to ride on trails with friends and family – or special guests like Troy Wells. Last Wednesday, the local icon and professional cyclist joined the club for its season in Test Tracks. Wells offered advice, signed helmets, and, hopefully, inspired kids to keep on riding.

Local cycling prodigy Troy Wells pays a special visit to the St. Columba Mountain Bike club's last ride up of the year.
It was a perfect day last ride of the school year
Coach and creator of the St. Columba Mountain Bike Club, Nicole Schnee, leads the pack.
Troy Wells signs helmets for the bike crew.

Sometimes, it's uphill both ways.