Jackson Miers has dedicated his young life to mountain biking. The 13-year-old cyclist spends hours every week climbing, cornering and navigating tough terrain. "Not that many kids do it,” he recognizes. Cycling has long been Jackson’s passion and he hopes to become a professional one day. Until then, he plans to take his training very seriously. “I’m really just focusing on where I'm trying to turn and trying not to crash." “Like over-the-handle bars crash?” I ask. “Yeah, I've done that a few times,” he laughs. In true athletic fashion, however, Jackson always picks himself up, dusts himself off and continues his ride.One of his coaches and professional mountain biker, Trevor Dreuise started Reno-Tahoe Junior Cycling a couple years ago. Along with a club team for recreational riders, the program also grows racers with a competitive team. Right now eight kids are on the race team; Jackson is one of the youngest. Trevor says his improving skills are impressive, "He gets faster every single week and it's been unbelievable watching his progress on the bike." However, what Jackson does when he is not clipped in is pretty cool, too.
“I make bracelets that are out of bike chains." Jackson started his own business called JP Bikeworks. He creates bracelets out of old bike chains that he gathers from area bike shops. “After we wash them, we cut them and each chain has a different design on them." One bracelet will take about an hour to make and they are all one of a kind. Once finished, Jackson sells them at local businesses like bike and coffee shops. He does not do it to make a profit for just himself. Instead, he is selling the bracelets to benefit his entire team. It is free to join and train with Reno-Tahoe Junior Cycling, but traveling and competing adds up. So Jackson's jewelry helps offset some of the price. It is upcycling for cycling and for the team, Jackson's generosity makes for an even sweeter ride."They love it. They just think it's so awesome."