Session 2: South Asian MTB Voices
The Voices Unlocked series exists to amplify diverse perspectives and experiences within mountain biking, cycling and the outdoors so that we can help open up these spaces to everyone.
In Episode 2, Aneela gathered together a group of South Asian cyclists to celebrate South Asian Heritage month and discuss what riding bikes means to them. You can watch and listen to the conversation below or using this link.
There are very few people of colour in mountain biking and collectively this group wants to change the status quo. There are many discussions taking place in the outdoor sports and their communities are growing. In mountain biking there seems to be less of a movement and so what is different in mountain biking when we compare this to other outdoor sports and cycling disciplines.
For one, we should be celebrating the diversity of communities in our sport and we can do this by making people visible in the space. This group are role models for the future generation. Representation matters and it’s true when we see ourselves we’re more likely to see the space as one we can be part of.
In this session, the group has a conversation about where things are right now. Key questions arose:
- How far do you think we have come in the last eighteen months?
- What can we do in the sport which we all love?
- What does mountain biking mean to you?
- How did you get into it?
- What do you love about mountain biking / the community?
- Do you see any barriers to your participation?
- What impact has BLM had on our sport?
- Is there anything you would like to see change?
- How do you think we can get there?
- What actions can we take away from our conversation?
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE OUTCOMES AND ACTIONS THAT CAME FROM THIS AMAZING CONVERSATION!!