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By Megan Flottorp
March 10, 2023

There is no arguing with the fact that it is tough to be a kid these days. From navigating the never-ending slew of content on social media to processing the hormonal changes and personal upheavals that are part of growing up — young people are expected to handle a lot. That said, children and teenagers are also incredibly resilient, adaptable, naturally creative and open-minded. It is our job as adults to arm them with the tools they need to nurture the parts of themselves that will best serve them in the future. Unsurprisingly, we believe cycling is one of the best tools out there.

Early this year, we were delighted to hear about the story of Scarlet “Scar” Zeigler, which seriously underscored this assumption. The 13-year-old, who started bike touring and bikepacking at an early age, completed the 2,700-mile Great Divide Route from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, with her dad this summer. An impressive feat for even the most experienced riders among us, she captured the attention of many within the cycling community and beyond, thanks to her remarkable determination and confidence. Commenting after the fact, she told Singletracks,

“It was a matter of trying to prove that I can handle harsh terrain, long days, and thousands of miles of emptiness. I wanted to prove that young girls can do hard things.”



BIKEIOWA NOTE: A Great 6 minute read!!

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