Major moments at Sprinker
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When people think of outdoor sports in Washington, November isn’t normally the month that comes to mind. With relentless rain, dropping temperatures and dark skies, most people opt for the favorite Seattle winter sport of drinking coffee and reminiscing about how beautiful last summer was.

But there’s still a group of diehards that can’t get enough of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer; and they can be found at Seattle Cyclocross events across the region.

Last Sunday, with enough rain and wind to consider building an ark, 18 members of the Major Taylor Project suited up, piled into our van, and made their way down to Sprinker to compete in a Seattle Cyclocross event.

All of the students did great; with smiling faces and mud flecked bodies, they rode hard and brought pride to the Major Taylor name.

One student, Mauricio Pestana, a senior at Global Connections High School, even managed to complete as many laps as the race winner -- no small feat in such an exhausting competition.

In addition to letting the Major Taylor students race for free, Seattle Cyclocross has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing to raise funds for the program. Donating all proceeds of the beer garden to program, $482 was raised in donations.

If you missed out on this Sunday’s action and would like to support the Major Taylor Project in other ways, donations are continually accepted through the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Fund, or you can participate by volunteering as a ride leader or ride mentor.