In hopes of elevating representation in the ultra-distance cycling world, London-based Cloud 9 Cycles has teamed up with the Pan Celtic Race and VeloQi on a new scholarship for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic cyclists: the Ultra Distance Scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship will receive a professional bike fit from Cloud 9 Cycles through Foundation Bike Fit, a custom hand-built Cloud 9 frame with custom build, a spot in the 2021 Pan Celtic Race, 7 months of training support from coach Alison Wood of VeloQi, and bike maintenance from the Cloud 9 workshop. The scholarship is valued at over £10,000.
“We know there are many barriers to cycling, and funding and access to adequate equipment is a significant one. We’ve decided to do our part, with the resources that we have, to help bring more representation to the world of Ultra Distance Racing. We hope you’ll join us by applying for this scholarship, or passing along this opportunity to the right person or group.
Together, we are launching the Ultra Distance Scholarship in hopes of elevating representation in the discipline, and to initiate further conversation about diversity and inclusion in the cycling world. We hope to inspire others to think about what folks, brands, and organisations can tangibly and realistically *do* to make actual change in their immediate communities. The key to this change begins right with the people you are already working with and engage with everyday. There is no one grand action that can solve the problem of inadequate diversity and representation in our beloved sport. It starts with honest communication, a will to reset your comfort zone, and pulling from the resources you already have access to, to help contribute to an industry and cycling world that includes and empowers everyone.”
The deadline for applications is December 11th, 2020. The recipient will be announced by December 18th, 2020. The recipient will be chosen by guest juror Alison Wood in conjunction with the Pan Celtic Race and Cloud 9 Cycles.
Find all the details and application form at Cloud9Cycles.com.