We are proud to announce the first recipient of a Just Go Harder Foundation cycling scholarship in 2011, Jacobo Jimenz. The Just Go Harder scholarship will cover his program fees and race entries for the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League. Jacobo is a junior at Boulder High School. He is a varsity wrestler and in the AVID program. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum once they have been taught the study skills necessary to be successful in school. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college.
Jacobo’s goal is to go to college AND to ride bikes.
Jacobo became interested in being on the Boulder High Mountain Bike Team from hearing details of Boulder High’s participation in the Inaugural 2010 season of the Colorado League. He wanted to ride with the team, but he didn’t have the economic means to acquire a bike or any of the other necessary equipment. With the help of generous donations from our Boulder High community, University Bikes, the Colorado League, and the Just Go Harder Foundation we were able to remove the economic barrier for his participation on the team.
On his first day out on the bike, Jacobo demonstrated that he is a gifted athlete having fine motor control, strength, and “lungs of steel”. However, the most impressive part was his constant smile and excitement to learn all that he could about his new sport. After spending a couple of hours at Betasso, Jacobo couldn’t stop smiling and his comment was “ I had no idea this could be so fun, I thought we were going to be riding on the Creek Path!” Since then, every practice has been a new experience as Jacobo has been introduced to some of the best trails that Boulder County has to offer including: Dowdy Draw at Marshall Mesa, the Valmont Bike Park, Hall Ranch, West Magnolia in Nederland, and Walker Ranch. He has quickly earned the respect of his teammates through his positive attitude and strong work ethic. His confidence and abilities have continued to grow.
Jacobo surprised everybody, but himself, with his top ten finish for the Division 1 junior varsity boys at the Chalk Creek Challenge. His friends say that all he talks about is riding bikes with the team. Will Jacobo become an elite mountain bike racer? Maybe. Will he be a lifelong cyclist dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and having fun on bikes? Absolutely!