It All Started with Bike Camp
CycleAbility was founded in 2015 by the Palmer family in efforts to teach their son Elijah, who has Autism, how to ride a two-wheeled bike. Elijah eagerly wanted to ride with his high-school mountain bike team and the Utah High School Mountain Bike League.
The Palmers partnered with iCanShine, a national non-profit, to bring a bike camp to Utah. The first year was a lot of work and even more rewarding, with Elijah and 39 other kids attending camp and learning to ride.
Since then, CycleAbility has supported over 120 youth with special needs in learning to ride a bike in partnership with iCanShine.
Now offering Lessons
Starting in 2017, CycleAbility has partnered with Breaking Trails, an outdoor education consultancy, and expanded our services beyond the annual camp, We are now offering cycling lessons for all abilities as well as some off-bike activities.
We benefit non-normative Bike Education
All our profits are donated to cycling education causes. We provide scholarships to special needs riders who need financial assistance to attend camp. We also donate to other incredible non-profit organizations that advocate for special needs cycling. And occasionally, we provide cycling equipment to those in need.
Rachel Warner - Director
Rachel has been working with CycleAbility since it was founded in 2015. She was working for the Utah High School Mountain Bike League and helped develop the Elevate program. After volunteering for the first CycleAbility bike camp, she was hooked and her life has been profoundly changed by her experiences with CycleAbility.
Rachel runs the day to day operations of CycleAbility and is the primary instructor for all lessons. She is an IMBA-certified mountain bike instructor and has worked in cycling education for over 5 years through NICA and REI.
Rachel is looking forward to fulfilling the Palmer's vision for CycleAbility and inspiring kids and adults to get out on two (or more) wheels.
The Palmer Family - Founders
The Palmer family founded CycleAbility to help Elijah and other special needs youth to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike. From 2015-2017, the Palmers ran CycleAbility out of their own pocket in addition to their other businesses and obligations. After three consecutive years of bike camp, they are taking an advisory role.