After just three weeks of intensive training rides, with the help of some amazing volunteers, 14 students from the Major Taylor Project at the YES Foundation of White Center and Global Connections High School successfully completed STP.
This was an incredibly diverse and impressive group of students. Not only were they able to persevere for 200+ miles on the bike (amounting to up to 12 hours a day in the saddle for some riders!), but they also remained kind and optimistic throughout.
When the faster group met up with slower riders at the rest stops, we heard far more saying “way to go!” than “why so slow?”
With 50 miles left to pedal, one student who up until recently had thought of 20 miles as a particularly long ride, said, “50 miles? That’s nothing!” And despite her aching legs pulled the rest of her group to the next rest stop.
For some students this was their first time out of Seattle, let alone across state lines. They were shocked to ride alongside miles of rural fields and see for themselves that the state wasn’t made up of a continuous cityscape.
For all of our riders this was an incredible accomplishment, and we were happy to see them all smiling when they crossed the finish line together.