Black History Month

Black men and women have made an enormous impact on the cycling community. Celebrate and learn more about the people and organizations featured here. 

Kittie Knox

Cycling pioneer who helped desegregate cycling and make it accessible to all people.

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Black Girls Do Bike

BGDB champions efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially women and girls of color.

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The 1928 Bike Tour

Marylou Jackson, Velma Jackson, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson and Constance White rode their bikes from NYC to DC.

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Nelson Vails

Known as "The Cheetah," Vails was the the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in cycling. Today, he seeks to have his legacy live on in a new generation of kids of all colours and ethnic backgrounds.

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Ayesha McGowan

The first ever African-American woman pro road cyclist, McGowan races with the Liv Racing World team. She is passionate about creating representation in cycling that will encourage and inspire other African-American women and youth to follow their dreams.

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Monica Garrison

Founder of Black Girls Do Bike, Garrison aims to grow and support a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. She believes that the simple act of riding a bike can be the catalyst to wonderful and empowering experiences for women of all ages. 

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Binky Brown

The owner, founder, and mechanic for Hard Knox Bikes, Binky Brown hopes help create a safe space for women, people of color, queer and transgender persons to gain bicycle education in a welcoming environment.

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Kittie Weston Knauer

Once a middle school teacher, Knauer commuted to work by bike for eight years. It wasn’t until her 40s that she discovered a passion for BMX racing. Now over 70, this Des Moines native knows no barriers.

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Paul Brown

For years “Tall” Paul Brown has been building bikes free for kids in West Oakland who show them they did well on their report cards.

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“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.”

– Maya Angelou

Let Diversity Bloom

At Velorosa, we believe in equity for all. We aim to empower women to feel confident and comfortable on their bikes. And we want to support a growing community of women of color who seek to enjoy cycling.

We're thrilled to collaborate with designer Ashlè Easley on our new, special edition Let Diversity Bloom Jersey. We hope that cyclists everywhere will wear it proudly and it will encourage a more diverse cycling scene. All proceeds from the sale of this jersey will be donated to the Black Girls Do Bike cycling non-profit.

The Jersey

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Meet Designer Ashlè Easley

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