USA Cycling to Host Second Inclusion Conversation Virtually on Oct 7
September 30, 2021
Building on the opening session, the next installment will focus on issues of status around race, gender, and socioeconomics with industry and athlete leaders
Sept 30, 2021 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) – USA Cycling will host the second installment of the virtual Inclusion Conversations on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. MDT. This month’s conversation will be a panel discussion titled: Unpacking Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status. Shannon Jolly, DEI Professional, will moderate the panel and panelists will include Massimo Alpian, Cannondale & GT Bicycles; Elyse Rylander, Quality Bicycle Products; and Rahsaan Bahati, Bahati Foundation.
This is the second conversation in an ongoing monthly Inclusion Conversation series hosted by USA Cycling. The first session was held September 10 and was attended live by nearly 100 participants from across the USA and abroad, with audience members ranging from industry representatives, to riders to sport governing bodies. All sessions are being recorded and posted online for public access.
“While our intention was to host an in-person Inclusion Conference, we’re pleased to see this format genuinely increased the reach and overall potential for participation,” said USA Cycling President and CEO, Rob DeMartini. “We also discovered that while participation from industry professionals was strong, we had solid participation from teams and cycling organizations too. We hope live attendance and replays of these conversations grow exponentially and serve as a catalyst and motivation for much needed change in the industry.”
The virtual conversation series and eventual in-person event is brought to you with generous financial and product support from PeopleForBikes, Canyon, Allied Cycle Works, Trek, SRAM, Zwift, Vittoria, Goodr, Hyperice and Strava. The raffle to win a Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0 D12 closed and successfully raised $15,000. Those proceeds will be used to offset the costs of the speaker series and eventual in-person event.
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USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. USA Cycling’s mission is to champion accessibility, participation, and excellence in the sport of cycling to make more Americans healthier, happier, and better on two wheels while achieving sustained international racing success. USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to international caliber racers. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of kids’ and interscholastic programs, amateur bike racing and grassroots development programs, and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing. USA Cycling has a membership of 100,000, annually sanctions over 2,500 events, and is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).