January 1, 2019

Dear Community Member:

We need your support, we believe the Bike Instructor Certification Program is the best way to support and encourage the cycling community in your area. Our sport is an Olympic discipline and with leading coaches like our own BICP’s lead instructor trainer, as the technical skills coach to the USA Cycling National team and Olympic team, Shaums March has been coaching world champions for a decade now and has been working directly with our newest 2018 World champion Kate Courtney for the last 5 years alongside working with our certification for over 10 years. We are excited for the energy of our programs being recognized in our industry to get more kids and parents on bikes with our “Rider Leader” Certification, created for schools and clubs to help lead safe and fun mountain bike rides. The “Instructor Certification Programs” that are being used around the globe with USA Cycling, NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association), The Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The introduction of the “Patrol Cyclist Certification” is helping train our Police Officers who the bike patrol to be safer.  The BICP continues expanding to all parts of the globe with over 1900 Certified Instructors since 1995 and in the 2018 year alone we certified over 300 instructors showing our strength in our copyrighted and trademarked systems of training quality and standardized instructors. The BICP has developed into the global standard as the leader in mountain bike instructor certification.

We have an exciting year planned with events around the globe and we are asking for donations to help offset our general expenses. To keep up with the demands of the growing sport requires ongoing changes to our curriculum and meeting the needs of our members and the industry while adhering to our strict standard to teach safely and with purpose. We try to keep course fees reasonable and our yearly dues low in order to allow more members to participate and stay active but unfortunately our organization’s budget cannot be met by participants dues alone, and although much of this budget is derived from member dues, we need your help to keep our industry at the cutting edge of our industry.

Please help support the Bike Instructor Certification Program by making a charitable donation. The Bike Instructor Certification Program is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit public charity.

Our mission is to advance the global standard for mountain bike instruction, driving an inclusive community that empowers our members through education, certification, service, and experience.

The BICP is proud of its members and supports them in creating a strong community of like-minded individuals that work together to grow the sport of mountain biking in their community. We support our coaches and encourage them to start a mountain bike business in their community, many of our coaches work with their local trail systems and schools to develop after-school programs.

Given that we are a non-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible and serves as an excellent way to give back to your community. We graciously accept any assistance you can offer, and we thank you in advance for your support.

Donors will be presented with a letter of thanks as well as an acknowledgment certificate for your tax-deductible donation. Also, any donor that gives over $500 matched by in-kind donation will receive a sponsor status which we will recognize on our website. A Federal Tax ID number is available upon request.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Nicole Gerow

Director of Administration