Joy, opportunity, abundance – Ayesha McGowan on creating access for BIPOC women in cycling

Ayesha McGowan is the first Black American woman professional cyclist, and she’s paving the way for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Colour) women to follow in her footsteps. Racing in her first full season on the Women’s WorldTour, McGowan feels that she’s in a position to pay it forward through her annual initiative – Thee Abundance Project (opens in new tab) – that creates representation, opportunity and access in the outdoor and cycling spaces.

McGowan is a longtime advocate for better representation for BIPOC in the bike industry. In an interview with cyclingnews, she said the Abundance initiative and corresponding grant programs specifically aim to get more Black and Brown women into cycling, first at an entry-level, to build a pool of interest and talent. Next, through structured guidance and support, the focus is helping those who want to continue reaching competitive and professional racing.

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