Outside the blur of Campion life, a group of mountain bikers continues to grow in the boy’s dorm and surrounding community. They aim to take the opportunities they are given to have fun and share their passions and what they know with each other. Caleb Wehling, junior at Campion states, “When we go mountain biking together, it unifies us. We’re no longer upper and lower class-men, we are shredders pushing each other towards a common goal of getting better than before.”
Although it has started out as small group of usually 10 riders, that hasn’t stopped the significance of the impact it's had on each one of them. Valmont Bike Park in Boulder has been the favorite for the riders recently, and it provides everything from dirt jumps, dual slalom lines, to a teeter totter for mountain bikes. This variety in course obstacles provides a wide range of different skills to learn or try for the first time.
“Activities like our mountain bike trips are about spending quality time together, creating opportunities to connect on individual and personal levels over common interest, all the while prayerfully anticipating divine appointments,” said Jim Hughes, dean at Campion.
Local riders such as Matt, Jack, and JP Jordan join the group of riders regularly to mentor the riders and have a fun time showing the students new tricks. “It was a blast, learning about the bikes, the terrain and ourselves—testing our limits,” explained Grant Velbis, junior at Campion.
Although the school year is coming to a close, they are still planning to continue to ride to impact the lives of the people around them throughout the summer.
By Nathaniel Sanchez, Senior, Guest Contributor