The Specialized Foundation is excited that our mission is getting much-needed media coverage. And with the increase in awareness, we can better advance the research of how cycling can positively affect student learning, health, and wellbeing. It's our goal that the bicycle will be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment program for children with ADHD.



July 5, 2016

Outside Magazine: Road Bikes, Not Ritalin: How Cycling Could Help Kids with ADHD

Inside Specialized and Stanford University’s new alliance to research cycling’s effects on kids with ADHD. Specialized bikes founder Mike Sinyard has suffered from ADHD since childhood. Cycling, however, always seemed to ease his inability to stay focused. From what he's noticed, it's also improved his son’s ADHD symptoms.


June 1, 2016

Can Cycling and Exercise Create a Better Future for Children with ADHD?

Stanford research, with support from the Specialized Foundation, aims to better understand effects of exercise on brain function and cognition in children with ADHD.


October 18, 2015

The Today Show

Nearly six million children in the United States have been diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Many parents worry about the medications often prescribed to help the kids, and what they might not know is that help may be as close as their garage. TODAY’s Harry Smith reports.


March 16, 2015

Bicycling Magazine: Specialized Announces New Foundation for Kids w/ ADHD

The Specialized Foundation has been researching the issue of attention problems in middle schoolers and rolling out school-based cycling programs through its new nonprofit. The organization will provide programs for kids and research the potentially brain boosting benefits of cycling.


March 22, 2015

Specialized Medicine: The Impact of Cycling on ADHD

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects people of all ages worldwide and is one of the leading disorders diagnosed in childhood. The characteristic behaviors of ADHD include varying grades of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.


February 4, 2013

Bicycling Magazine: It’s all in your head

New research on middle-school kids explores the link between riding and brainpower—and argues for adding more exercise into the lesson plans. Some recent studies indicate that the brain processes information more efficiently after exercise. The researchers are especially interested in the effects of cycling on kids with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).


Audobon Bike Project

Through a recent study, international bicycle company Specialized Bicycles analyzed the effects of bicycle riding on students’ mental concentration and performance in the classroom. The study selected several schools nationwide, including Audubon Middle School located in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles.


Audubon Middle School Bike Program - Mobility in South Los Angeles

Community Health Councils (CHC) approached the principal of Audubon Middle School about a pilot cycling program opportunity. CHC’s REACH Project site, Audubon Middle School was selected as one of five schools across the nation to be awarded the pilot cycling program by Specialized Bicycle Components and RTSG Neuroscience Consultants.




January 20, 2016

Outside Magazine: ADHD is Fuel for Adventure

Extreme sports are powerful medicine for kids who are allergic to sitting still. Some of the best medicine for kids with attention-deficit disorders may be extreme sports and outdoor learning. That's good news, because not only do they need exploration, but exploration desperately needs them.


June 30, 2015

Bicycling Magazine: Exercise Makes You Smarter as You Age

A new study finds that endurance sports like cycling may help prevent cognitive decline. Endurance exercise may keep your brain working at full-tilt as you age, according to a new study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.


September 4, 2015

CBC News: Quebec Doctors can now Prescribe Exercise

Quebec Federation of General Practitioners' initiative allows physicians to order 'exercise cubes'. The program is an initiative of the Quebec Federation of General Practitioners and the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie — a non-profit organization set up by Lavoie, a nine-time Kona Ironman finisher from Saguenay, to encourage Quebec youth to adopt healthy lifestyles.


September 29, 2014

The Atlantic: Exercise is ADHD Medicine

Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance. Mental exercises to build (or rebuild) attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


November 18, 2012

TED Talk: Run, Jump, Learn! How Exercise can Transform our Schools

John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and best selling Author. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, and 7 Books, including "A Users Guide to the Brain," and the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD "Driven to Distraction" series with Ned Hallowell, MD.


April 30, 2010

Bicycling: Riding Is My Ritalin

Learn how one cyclist gained control over his ADHD. Adam Leibovitz, a child with ADHD, found that pedaling his bicycle made him feel better and easier to focus. Reading this article is what inspired Specialized CEO/founder, Mike Sinyard, to start the Specialized Foundation to further the research of the effects of cycling on brain function.