Branson, Mo. area mountain bike group is getting more kids on bicycles - part of new statewide youth mountain bike association | KY3

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Tri-Lakes NICA Mountain Bike team rider Maggie Sullivan says her favorite part of riding is the confidence it’s given her to never give up.

“I like going far and hanging out with everybody on the team because everybody else makes me feel really good when I ride because even if I mess up they don’t put me down they are just like you’re okay and they help me get back up,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan says despite never racing before, her encouraging team is what keeps her riding.

“After I started mountain biking now I’ve done a race and I feel confident going forward and I feel like it’s made riding a little easier and me a better rider overall,” Sullivan said.

Team Director Brad Ray said getting kids outside and doing activities to help them grow has been a common thread for families during the pandemic.

MoBikeFed comment: Tri-Lakes is one of 17 youth mountain bike team around Missouri that are part of the new Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League. The League holds annual competitive and non-competitive mountain biking events around Missouri annually.

To find out more--or to join your local NICA team, or start a team--visit the Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League web site: