Everyone remembers their first college tour; keeping pace with a spirited upperclassman as they weave through a maze of libraries, dormitories, and lecture halls while a million questions race across your mind. The experience is a little different when you've biked near 70 miles to be there. I Challenge Myself is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings 10 New York City high school students to 7 college campuses across 400 miles over the course of 7 days through its annual College Bike Tour program. Now in its third year, the program gets students interested in and aspiring towards higher education by introducing them to a variety of schools beyond the five boroughs including Syracuse University, Cornell University, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cobleskill, Bard College, and West Point. I Challenge partners with New York City public high schools to provide fitness and enrichment programs year-round while preparing potential College Bike Tour applicants for the hard work ahead. A physical education class guides students through four phases of physical education that include control, movement, strength and power and proves a perfect supplement to Cycling Smarts which gets students on bikes and outdoors, maybe for the first time. The semester-long program focuses on cycling skills, strength, endurance, and bike maintenance and culminates in a century ride for participants from all corners of NYC. When a 100-mile-bike-ride feels like a walk in the park, students then apply for the next step in their training and educational goal-setting by embarking upon 5 days of destination rides and committing to the most grueling and inspiring college visit of a lifetime. Through the College Bike Tour program cyclists tour campuses, meet with admissions counselors, interact with current students, share meals in the dining hall, and sleep in the dorms making for a positive, powerful, and memorable start to their college careers.

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