Many cyclists gravitate to gravel cycling because the ‘run what you brung’ mantra seems to make the discipline more inclusive and accepting of all cyclists. But is gravel cycling really more inclusive?
In a new film debuting at Unbound Gravel , the premiere gravel event of the year, traditionally marginalized athletes who identify as trans and nonbinary share how they’re creating a space for themselves within gravel cycling . Related Story What Does It Take to Do Your First Gravel Century?
“Gravel is the fastest growing sector of cycling around the world but sadly, in the U.S. and abroad, the majority of gravel cycling takes place in spaces that historically (and currently) have been hostile towards queer and trans people, especially trans people of color,” according to Abi Robins, founder of Queer Gravel , advocate for trans and nonbinary athletes, and one of the film’s stars. Video player poster image "Making Our Space: Unbound and Beyond” made its debut yesterday at this year’s Unbound in Emporia, Kansas. The film highlights Robins, Apollo Leonard and KC Cross’s preparation for Unbound 2022 while balancing their goals and “sharing the experience of living on the margins of cycling and everyday life,” according to the film’s description.
Robins, a Texas-based cyclist and the 2021 winner of Unbound Gravel non-binary category in the 100-mile distance and Leonard were two of six nonbinary cyclists out of a field of 1,116 racers in the 200-mile event and Cross raced the nonbinary category in the 50-mile distance.
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