A competitive cycling team in Amarillo is showing High Plains teenagers the benefits of racing for sport.
The Yellow Jackets were started in Amarillo a few years ago, and since has formed a Board of Directors, and has more than 27 racing members, and more than 30 members altogether.
Teammates range in age from sixth graders to high school seniors.
Organizers say the team is a great way to participate in a competitive sport or just a fun way to stay healthy.
High School Senior Bryson Parnell said he tried other sports but cycling was his best option.
“I played football in middle school,” Parnell explained. “I was quite a bit smaller than everyone else. This is where my calling was really because I am more into the endurance side of sports and the long-distance stuff really just appealed to me.”
Competitions are held around the state. The next competition is at Dinosaur Valley State Park on April 14.