A Nationally Recognized and Respected Program
Founded in 1998, Rad Racing Northwest has been a Puget Sound based bicycle racing team for kids aged 10 to 23 for over a decade. Our riders compete in road racing, mountain bike, track (velodrome) and cyclocross. The program is managed and supported mainly by volunteer coaches and support staff who are trained, licensed and experienced in the USA Cycling program. We are one of the most recognized and respected junior cycling programs in the United States.
Our riders compete all over the world. Rad Racing Northwest has guided 18 team members to be selected to compete at the World Championships for the United States National Team. We have also assisted 18 kids in reaching their goal to be a United States National Champion.
We provide our riders with expert coaching and sponsorship programs with the best equipment and goods the cycling industry has to offer. Riders have team mechanics to support them at races and train them how to maintain their own equipment. Travel support and logistics to races in and out of the United States is possible with the help of our generous sponsors.
We Instill a Positive Lifelong Attitude
Rad Racing Northwest is much more than just a bicycle racing team. We offer a comprehensive program, which introduces the sport of cycling to young people and helps them to pursue their own personal goals. Our mission is to help kids create a lifelong habit of maintaining physical fitness and grow to be confident, productive adults.
Community involvement is a very important part of our program and we teach community awareness by involving our kids in community service projects. These include both cycling and non-cycling activities such as:
- Cascade Bicycle Club Youth Activities – helping to teach young kids how to ride bikes
- Major Taylor Program – assisting and mentoring disadvantaged kids in riding and racing
- Seattle Area Trips For Kids – assisting the program by leading rides and mentoring kids
- YMCA Camp Orkila – providing coaching and leadership to campers who want to learn mountain biking
- Muscular Dystrophy Association – assisting the Olympia Fire Department in collecting donations for the MDA
Helping instill self-confidence, self-respect, respect of others and a positive attitude are Rad Racing’s main mission. We believe the positive support of dedicated adults along with the bonding that comes with the team are vital in developing positive life skills.
Providing a healthy, drug free, structured environment with solid adult mentorship, focused on teaching life lessons and skills through sport is the largest piece of Rad Racing Northwest’s mission.