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Three questions with Dereka Hendon-Barnes

Three questions with Dereka Hendon-Barnes

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. What are the hurdles that face Black cyclists trying to get into the…

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What are the hurdles that face Black cyclists trying to get into the sport?

There’s intimidation and fear when you’re showing up to a ride and everybody knows each other and everybody is kitted out, and that goes for riders of any skin color. But for Black cyclists, the added element is that you’re doing something that Black people don’t normally do. This isn’t a sport that we grew up doing. Most people put the bike in the garage after they grew up with it. So, for us to go back to it willingly is different. You have to have access and income, and you need to have the support of people to show you how to do that. If you don’t, cycling isn’t going to be your thing. This is a predominantly white and male sport, and you just don’t see a lot of Black people that are there due to access and availability and the financial side of it. It’s just not a sport that we are predominantly in. Photo: Courtesy Major Taylor Iron Riders How do you see inclusivity efforts fail in getting Black cyclists into cycling?

It’s the same for all cyclists, really. You feel like an outsider already showing up as the new person on a ride, but it’s really bad when there is nobody there to extend the arm of inclusion with a “good morning, how are you doing?” and the […]

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