Changing kids' lives with cycling

What's Important to Us


We believe the journey is just as important as the destination


We believe no one should sit the bench in youth sports


We believe friendships are just as important as the ride


We believe in strong mental, social and physical health

About Independence

Vision & Mission

Independence Youth Cycling supports programs that use bicycling to encourage middle- and high-school girls and boys to be active, good community members, and self-reliant. Supported programs focus mainly on activities related to mountain biking, including adventure, training, racing, and environmental stewardship.

While many kids today opt out of “traditional” sports in favor of less active pastimes, youth participation in organized mountain biking has grown exponentially over the past few years and is one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the United States.

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What we teach

Skills Development

Fundamental to advanced skills for future success

Ride Readiness

Preparation and readiness are key to a successful ride

Strength & Endurance

When you feel strong, you are strong

Trail Stewardship

Teaching advocacy creates life-long caretakers

How we're making an impact

Our Community Says...

The team has given our family an activity we all enjoy doing together. I love seeing my kids smiling and having fun. This is the definition of community and I feel blessed that my family is a part of it.

Lisa from Elkins Park

The team culture continues to be reflected in my son's character in how he approaches obstacles, overcomes adversity and treats other kids. I am forever thankful for this experience.

Jill V. from Abington

Our daughter has learned a lot of great skills and has demonstrated endurance that surprised all of us. She beams with pride when she finishes practices and races.

Sean from Upper Dublin

The team has given my son the opportunity to explore a cool, new challenging sport in a supportive team environment with coaches who are terrific role models.

Kat from NW Philadelphia

This team has been a great experience for my son and he feels included. He's made friends and has set personal goals to reach in each race. The fundamental bike and fitness skills he is learning will last him a lifetime.

Jill D. from NE Philadelphia

Come join the ride!

We want to hear from you

Tel: ‪(215) 690-1298‬



IYC is based in Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

Photos on this site courtesy of @puttcamp @briwasphotos @literalkat @ttfwatershed and the @somontmtb community