The realistic hope is to begin at the bottom and grow the sport over the years.
“We are being realistic and figuring that it could take a couple of years,” Granat said. “If we can get six or 12 kids from around here to start a composite team, and can get a coach dedicated to the team, we would go to races already in place around New England. We would coordinate with teams in Connecticut, Maine and New York and coordinate to bring kids out to races. Right now, the key is getting a critical mass of teenagers who are interested and taking them under our wing.”
While teaching kids about the sport and what it could do for them, the event will also inform parents and kids about immediate ways to get involved. Several events are upcoming, including programs run by Newburyport Youth Services, summer camps and road races.
“We are going to be rolling out a different schedule of events that kids would have as an option,” Granat said. We will lay out different options for this summer, and are trying to pump it up and get some enthusiasm about the sport.”
The event will include free pizza and snacks and will display different types of mountain bikes from Riverside Cycle.