By CINDY CROSBY
Two teams from the USA Crits Series, in town for the Walterboro Criterium, visited the students at Forest Hills Elementary Wednesday, May 4.
Team LA Sweat and Team Maloja Pushbikers arrived on their racing bikes to the delight of the students. The teams answered questions about the race and their bikes, along with thrilling the students by racing a few laps in front of the school.
Kelli Samuelson, rider and manager for Team LA Sweat, is a 31-year-old professional female racer from Los Angeles, California. “We are all professionals off the bike: teachers, coaches, medical students and marketers,” she explained. “Many of us came into the sport through participation in college programs. Racing is challenging and makes you push yourself to places you didn’t know exist. The cycling community is an amazing group of racers and fans. The best part of being part of Crits are the crowds in each community who come out and watch us race.”
According to Samuelson, the visits to schools like Forest Hills are one of her team’s favorite part of race day. “Visiting schools is a huge deal for LA Sweat,” she said. “We love to show, especially young girls, that pursuing sports is an empowering thing. We hope to show them you can be strong, smart and achieve anything you put your mind to doing.”
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