My commitment.

As a business serving mostly white clients, based in an outdoor activity where 99% of the faces are white, I wonder why it’s taken me so long to acknowledge this reality.  We all have our waking up moments and I am no longer wanting to remain complicit when I have a role to play!  

Today and going forward I am speaking out and standing with Black Lives Matter. Going forward at Geared Strength I will do the following:

– I will speak up and hold my peers accountable for their bias and actions 
– I will commit to read, research and educate myself on the history of racism, and injustice.
– I will find meaningful ways to center the voices of black and brown lives in finding solutions, and will do my part in supporting this work so we can finally start breaking down systemic racism.
– I will seek out and promote black and brown trainers and their business. 
– I will seek out and promote black and brown cycling and mountain biking athletes.

While all of these are important bullet points please make note of the last one I mentioned. There is little to no representation of POC in the mountain biking industry, and we must ask ourselves “why”. What kind of culture are we promoting and how do we understand our roles in holding up this notion of who belongs in the MTB field.

With that said, I will not only support my black and brown colleagues in the field but I will genuinely work to find out why so many are not. We have the freedom and privilege as white people to access these areas and activities safely and without fear of bias, discrimination, and feeling, overall unwelcome.
I commit to working towards more access, finding resources to address disparities, and creating a genuine culture of inclusivity within the mountain bike industry. 

Commitment to change is something that is part of my training. I coach others how to empower themselves to become stronger, fitter off the bike in order be confident riders. Change must come in another aspect of my life and within the mountain bike community.

Your coach in solidarity, Tennyson.
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