BCN announced its intention to create the first amateur British domestic racing team for BAME riders to compete in the 2021 season. The team currently boasts a roster of nine riders made up of an Elite rider, four cat 2 and four cat 3 athletes – with an aim to deliver a competitive team of 10 riders.
London based cycling club BCN (The Black Cyclists Network) was established in 2018 to address the lack of diversity and representation in UK cycling across all levels, grassroots to professional. Currently boasting over 100 members it is one of the fastest growing and vibrant clubs in the UK, redefining the face of club riding.
BCN founder Mani Arthur said “BCN is more than a club. We are a community built to address the lack of representation in the cycling world. 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.”
Alongside a race team, BCN ambitions stretch to grassroots cycling setting its sights on community participation, to include an outreach program for beginners and pathways for young talent to chase their cycling dreams.
BCN is actively seeking partners in this historic initiative and has set up a Go Fund Me page for patrons looking to support this cause.
For further information and opportunities to partner with the BCN team and community program contact:
Mani Arthur Blackcyclistsnetwork@gmail.com
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