THE SPECIALIZED FOUNDATION is excited to announce that the 2019-2020 Riding for Focus grant window is about to open. Beat the rush and have your application read early by filling out the pre qualification application !



The Specialized Foundation uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic, health, and social success. Through investments in primary scientific medical research and school-based cycling programs, our mission is to increase accessibility to cycling to aid youth in personal development and education.


Specialized Founder and CEO, Mike Sinyard, has long dealt with the effects of ADHD in his own life. The inability to stay focused and being easily distracted were something he had grown to just accept as “normal.” Yet, he noticed that those symptoms seemed to dissipate after returning from a ride. Mike also saw the positive benefits that riding has had on his son, Anthony, who also suffered from ADHD. So when the Bicycling Magazine article “Riding Is my Ritalin” came across his desk, he decided that it was time to explore whether or not there really was science behind riding’s impact on the brain.

We’re committed to doing the right thing, and where we see a chance to help, we’re going to do it. We make bikes, and bikes help kids. But we can’t do it alone. We need people like you to get involved and join the movement, and together, we’ll make a difference for generations to come. Let’s outride ADHD.


AUG 2, 2018


In the continuous pursuit of improving the lives of children with learning differences, The Specialized Foundation is hosting its second annual medical research summit at Stanford University to further their mission of improving the academic, health, and social success of today’s youth through cycling.

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May 29, 2018

The Specialized Foundation Announces 2018 Riding for Focus Grant Recipients

MORGAN HILL, Calif., May 29, 2018 —The Specialized Foundation has announced the 37 new middle schools selected for the 2018-2019 Riding for Focus school program. With the addition of these new schools, The Specialized Foundation will now support more than 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. The program integrates cycling into the physical education curriculum as a means to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

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April 17, 2018


Running for a Cause in Silicon Valley

Special Thanks to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation for hosting the 2018 LAM Research Heart & Soles Run this past March in San Jose. The Specialized Foundation is honored to be one of the direct beneficiaries of the run which allows us to continue to grow and bring more Riding for Focus programs to the Silicon Valley area. 

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I’d rather ride my bike than play video games…It helped me get better grades since I’ve been concentrating more…It feels good.