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BBC London Interview

Mani Arthur and Andy Edwards appeared on Jasmine Dotiwala’s BBC London show The Scene this week to discuss the DIVERSITY IN CYCLING report.

You can see the whole interview, which was filmed for social media as well as broadcast on the radio, here:

Andy Edwards, Jasmine Dotiwala and Mani Arthur at BBC London for The Scene.

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Diversity In Cycling Launch

To mark the launch of the DIVERSITY IN CYCLING report, we held an event at Look Mum No Hands! which brought to life the themes in the report.  On a hot, sticky summer’s evening, LMNH was packed with over 100 cyclists, male and female, from all backgrounds and all walks of life.  With nine speakers together with audience questions we massively over-ran, but despite this and the hot and crowded venue, people stayed for the duration of the talk and many stayed afterwards.  

Speakers included Biola Babawale of Velociposse who contrasted her experiences of cycling with her career in the white, male dominated arena of asset management.  Mani Arthur described his vision for forming Black Cyclists Network, while Junaid Ibrahim described his experiences in forming Brothers on Bikes.  Nasima Siddiqui, co-foudner of Wyndymilla spoke of her long experience in cycling and the impetus for founding Wyndymilla, a vibrant and innovative cycling brand with an inclusive ethos.  PJ Dulay of the Fireflies and Cicli Artigianali discussed the mystique and etiquette surrounding cycling and how this can sometimes be intimidating for newcomers.  Matt Kumar of Kingston Wheelers highlighted the key takeouts for KW and other London cycling clubs.

Special guest, former professional and cycling legend, Maurice Burton together with his friend Joe Clovis told of their experiences of racism in cycling during the 1970s and their pathway through through the sport culminating with Maurice acquiring De Ver Cycles and forming Team De Ver C.C.

Following an audience Q&A, the evening was brought to a close with the impassioned words of Yewande Adesida of SES Racing who, having earlier described her own pathway into the sport, encouraged others to take up the mantle. 

Hopefully this is just the beginning of what is a long overdue conversation within the cycling community.

Photographs by Calvin Cheung www.ccheungphotography.com

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Diversity In Cycling

British Cycling has today shared its support of a new report, Diversity in Cycling, ahead of its launch on 24 June.

Starting as a grassroots project that was sparked by a conversation between experienced road racer Andy Edwards and Black Cyclists Network founder, Mani Arthur, Diversity in Cycling – which will be shared by British Cycling to its network of volunteers, clubs and members – sets out to explore the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) cyclists taking up cycling as a sport for the first time.

The report includes contributions from over 60 male and female BAME riders and provides credible outputs and practical suggestions that we can all play our part in implementing. As the country prepares for its next landmark moment this September by hosting the UCI Road World Championships for the first time in 27 years, cycling must be shown as a sport and activity which is inclusive for all.

The latest figures from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey provide a sobering snapshot of the disparity in participation levels between different ethnic groups. Over two fifths (41%) of White British people surveyed had engaged with cycling in any form in 2017/2018, compared to around a third of people within the Black (35.8%) and South Asian (32.5%) communities.

Julie Harrington, British Cycling Chief Executive, said: “To truly transform Britain into a great cycling nation, we must strive to make a difference – not just for people who ride bikes, but for our communities, future generations and our country as a whole.

“A crucial part of this is for us to not only champion our greatest achievements, but to recognise where we may fall short. Whilst continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation, and there have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, the lack of diverse ethnic representation, and subsequent sense of belonging within cycling – for Black, Asian and ethnic minorities to reference this report – is clear.”