Noah’s mom signed him up for various activities—soccer, swimming, guitar—but it wasn’t until he landed on a bike while training for a triathlon that he found his passion. A few years ago, Noah joined B.Y.R.D.S.—a development team that trains and mentors young riders. The program is afterschool year-round, so Noah spends almost every afternoon conditioning, going on group rides, or leading younger cyclists on trails in the Boise foothills.
The program has taught Noah much about personal responsibility, perseverance, and teamwork. Spending every day (and some weekends) cycling isn’t always easy—but accomplishing his goals, overcoming fears, and spending time with his team makes his favorite pastime even sweeter.
Noah advises other teens who haven’t yet found their passion to keep trying new things until something clicks.