London-based cycling club the Black Cyclists Network have surpassed their £10,000 fundraising goal, which will go towards setting up the first British domestic racing team for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) riders in the 2021 season.
Set up last week, the GoFundMe fundraiser (opens in new tab) has reached over £12,000 and is still rising. As well as setting up a racing team, the money will also be used to develop an outreach program to encourage beginners to take up the sport and to fund events to raise awareness about diversity.
The club thanked their backers in an Instagram (opens in new tab) post on Tuesday, adding that details on their future plans will be on the way.
"Thank you. Through your donations we were able to reach our target," read the post. "Your donation will go a long way to supporting us to achieve our goals. Bringing more diversity to an incredible sport by creating more opportunities for riders from BAME backgrounds.
"We hope to return to what we do best in the coming weeks, now that restrictions on group rides have been relaxed. We will be sharing and updating via Instagram and social media. We're very excited."
Founded in 2018, the Black Cyclists Network currently boasts over 100 members "including white members and supporters of diversity". The club's stated mission is to connect and encourage cyclists of colour and the wider community to take up cycling.
Currently, the club's race team consists of nine riders, including one at Elite level and four in the second category. For 2021, the aim is to add one further rider for a 10-man race squad.
Thank You 🖤❤💛💚 . . Through your donations we were able to reach our target. Your donation will go a long way to supporting us to achieve our goals. Bringing more diversity to an incredible sport by creating more opportunities for riders from BAME backgrounds. . . As you all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host rides. We like, every other club, have been following government guidelines to socially distance to reduce the spread. . . We hope to return to what we do best in the coming weeks, now that the restrictions on group rides has been relaxed. . . We will be sharing and updating via Instagram and social media. We're very excited... 🙏🏿🤗 Black Cyclists Network (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @blackcyclistsnetwork on Jun 22, 2020 at 4:08am PDT
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