Can we do a better job of accepting and supporting fellow cyclists, no matter their background?
Tom Würdemann is a German of mixed Syrian heritage. In the following article, he shares what it’s like being a Muslim cyclist, with a particular focus on how cycling is still a foreign thing in his community. In his opinion, this has to do with class, gender, and race.
His goal? To share the issues our sport has with inclusivity, and to give food for thought on what we can do to make cycling better for everyone. He has been inspired by the growing focus on sexism in the cycling community, and the enhanced visibility of female pro cycling, and wants to add a new facet to the discussion of our sport’s inclusivity. Scene I: Racism
When you are married to a woman with a hijab, when you have friends who wear the hijab, you get used to the wry looks. You may also be used to being called upon for ‘companionship duty’, when you go with a friend to apartment viewings, so the chance of insults or mean treatment is lessened.
The people of the Palatinate area of south-western Germany, where I live, are known to be open-hearted and friendly, but also abrasive and rough around the edges. The great-grandfather of Donald Trump is from the region, for whatever that’s worth. In the nearby industrial town of Mannheim, multiculturalism may be an established fact, but in the forests and villages around our […]