This is part of why I’ve been pushing my daughters (and son) to ride. One of my girls loves it, and I think if she wanted to, she could be a great rider. I’m careful not to push too hard, I want them to enjoy it, but I also want them to see cycling as something much bigger than transportation. Other than my wife and my business partner, all of my closest friends have come via mountain biking. It’s an insanely great community, but there’s no question that it’s an unintentionally exclusionary community. It’s an expensive sport which is a huge barrier to entry to marginalized groups.
I mean, other than Eliot Jackson, can you name another POC at the top or even amateur levels of our sport?
Thankfully, the gender disparity in prizing at the top levels is something of a thing of the past, but I think more needs to be done to encourage women to get into riding or racing.
I don’t know what can be done to get more gender and ethnic diversity in the sport.