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The Black Cyclists Network, a London-based cycling club of over 100 members, has announced its plans to launch the United Kingdom’s first domestic racing squad for BAME (black, Asian, and minority ethnic) riders with an eye toward competing in 2021.
Thus far, the newly announced team comprises nine riders, with plans for a final roster of 10.
“BCN is more than a club. We are a community built to address the lack of representation in the cycling world,” said Mani Arthur, who founded the Black Cyclists Network in 2018, via a press release.
“There are a lot of cyclists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the UK and around the world yet very few resources cater for our communities. With the launch of the BCN team we aim to give much needed visibility to people of colour in the sport to inspire and engage a new audience to the physical, mental, and social benefits of cycling.”
In conjunction with launching the racing team, BCN also says it is working towards improving participation in cycling, “to include an outreach program for beginners and pathways for young talent to chase their cycling dreams.”
The organization is looking for partners to support its endeavors and has also created a GoFundMe seeking support, already garnering donations amounting to more than half of its £10,000 goal within one day of launching. You can find out more here.