While training and living in her new home town of Yucaipa, California, cross country and endurance racer Pua Sawicki hooked up with the newly formed Yucaipa high school mountain bike team. The team is part of the SoCal interscholastic cycling league which was started this year by Quinton Easton. According to her husband Ron, Sawicki is now coaching the team.
"She works with them on everything from technique to nutrition," said Ron Sawicki. "She almost always brings along our dog Koa, who runs along with the boys as they train and has become the team mascot."
Just before the season opening race, Pua taught them important skills like maintain their bikes and fixing a broken chain on the trail.
The team is made up of around 20 boys and has no girls yet, but they're recruiting. Its two other coaches are head coach Mike Bagg who teaches Geometry & computer science and Scott Kennedy who teaches English & digital publishing.