My article on Nine13 Sports ran in Bicycle Times earlier this month. This is a great program that tries to get primarily lower-income kids healthy by putting them on a Computrainer and telling them to pedal fast. My former coach John Singleton helps run Nine13, and he rarely gets more excited than when he's bragging about a young kid who discovers the athlete inside.
It's crazy how much things have changed over the years. When I was a kid, many, many years ago, I was on my bike constantly, going to friends' houses, staging impromptu races with buddies and just having an all-around blast. Kids today don't seem to have that same freedom that we did as children. I wonder how many of these kids will pick up cycling, either as a sport or simply as a more fun way of getting from Point A to Point B.