How grassroots communities bring diversity to cycling
29 Jun 2023
How grassroots communities bring diversity to cycling

In the US and UK, there’s been a small but intentional growth of women who, through the sport of cycling, have tapped into a need for representation, education, and collaborative thinking. How has this helped to plug some of the cultural gaps that exist in 21st-century living?

Ayesha McGowan

Ayesha McGowan is a pro-cyclist and program director of The Black Foxes cycling group, an international collective of eight Black cyclists and outdoors people. She rides for Liv Racing TeqFind, a women’s professional cycling team based in the Netherlands and is also behind A Quick Brown Fox digital sports platform.

Karen Safo-Barnieh

Karen Safo-Barnieh is a barrister and the co-founder of the UK’s Black Women on Wheels. She has several years of experience in the international development sector. Her main interests are in diversity and inclusion, natural resource governance, and the development of African states.

Nana Ocran

A former Editor of the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja, Nana has over 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and cultural consultant. She Founded the digital platform, People’s Stories Project and is also an Associate Lecturer at Omnes Education (London), a liberal arts school that is headquartered in Paris. She has worked in a cultural capacity with global brands and organisations including Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), Rolls Royce Muse (UK), Design Indaba (South Africa) Pernod-Ricard (Paris) and is an ongoing consultant for British Council (UK).