Ride for Racial Justice
We are excited to be partnering with Ride for Racial Justice in order to bring greater diversity, equity and representation to SBT GRVL as well as into the cycling community in general. There will be 25 R4RJ athletes riding on August 15th, 2021 in Steamboat Springs.
To find out more about Ride for Racial Justice or to apply to this program, check out their website HERE
To donate to their organization, you can find that information HERE
Meet the 25 R4RJ Athletes
Annijke Wade (She/Her/Ella)
Annijke is from the small Northern Californian town – Sonoma and spent much of her childhood in the Monterey Bay Peninsula. Now, Annijke lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her 1 year old Black Lab – Pondo. Mountain biking and gravel cycling has changed her outlook on life. Through cycling she has found more work/life balance, the ability to work through challenging situations, a wonderful community and has traveled to many awesome locations and trails.
She currently is an ambassador with Pearl iZUMi, Guerrilla Gravity, and VIDA Mountain Biking Series. She is the Education Lead at VIDA Mountain Biking Series through the Impact Committee. As the Education Lead she helps connect the community with resources with the aim of propelling the organization into being anti-racist and a leader in the womxn mountain biking community. She envisions the cycling community as one where underrepresented individuals can feel not only welcome & included but are celebrated and elevated.
Avery Young (He/Him/His)
Age – 29, Resides/hometown – Chicago, IL, Main disciplines – CX, but he likes anything off-road!
Born and raised in Chicago, he is definitely a late-bloomer to cycling. He found it via work as a courier, and it really just became one thing after another. Through work he ended up racing alley-cats, then friends convinced him to race some sanctioned events, and after exploring a few disciplines, he found he really liked riding off-road/mixed surfaces.
He is thankful for cycling, because it has helped mold him into a better person. He said “I’m not anyone special, and that’s why I’m excited to be participating in Steamboat via R4RJ. It’s really to show people, no matter your color/ethnicity/etc. It could be you.”
Brooke Goudy (She/Her/Hers)
She is a native of Alabama and true southern woman. She always has her grits before a big ride, and part of her pre-ride bike maintenance check is making sure that her lipstick is perfectly applied. If you hear someone rolling past you screaming “roll tide”- that’s her.
She loves to ride, but more than that she loves to introduce the joy of cycling to womxn, especially Black womxn. She is a coleader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver, and a high school mountain bike coach for Boulder High School. As an ambassador for of VIDA, she co-leads an Impact committee that works to ensure we are eliminating barriers to make mountain biking more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. She has recently joined with one of the largest local mountain biking clubs (Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance) to establish BIPOC only bike rides lead by her and some other experienced riders. She has ridden on some of the most beautiful and amazing trails in the world. Her favorite was being able to shred in the French Alps last year. Oh yeah, and one more thing, she has only been riding for three seasons. There is no limit to Black Girl Magic. She has so much more room to grow and she is not letting anything stop her. That’s why this summer she is reconnecting with the land and testing her resilience by riding along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, over 2,700 miles with over 200,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. 2021 is going to be a good year!
Derick Gaspard Jr. (He/Him/His)
Chef Derick Gaspard Jr is a New Orleans Native with new roots being laid in Nebraska. He is somewhat of a serial entrepreneur and has never been afraid to take risks. Once a full-time graphic designer, he is now the owner of Nebraska’s first Black-owned vegan restaurant (JuJu’s Vegan Cajun and Creole Cuisine). Proud father, son, brother, uncle and much more to many. His cycling journey began around the same time as his fitness journey and vegan lifestyle transition. Having all these things coincide during a global pandemic turned cycling into a form of fitness and therapy as opposed to a hobby. After joining “The Black Cyclist” group on Facebook, he soon discovered a new world of cyclists that looked and talked like he did. The Chef was inspired to raise awareness and let the community know that Black cyclists are indeed here, and here to stay.
Being a human/animal rights activist I’m always looking for ways to make a tangible impact. Many cycling ambassadors helped the Chef along his journey and he wanted to pay it forward. This led to a cycling apparel collaboration with Champion System to raise financial support and awareness for a local non-profit (Black Leaders Movement) dedicated to battling racial inequality. Chef Derick continues to take risks and has committed to 3 gravel races over 120 miles in 2021. The first 2 are in the elevated terrain of Colorado with the latter taking place in Steamboat Springs (SBT GRVL). The finale will take place on the gravel seas of his neck of the woods in Lincoln, Nebraska a week later at Gravel Worlds.
Dwayne Burgess (He/Him/His)
From city dweller to adventure cyclist, Dwayne has been all about bikes since a young age from the beloved child Big Wheel to BMX, Fixed Gear, Road Cycling, Bike Touring, Bikepacking and Gravel. He got his first taste of bike touring in 2014 when he completed a 4,000 mile, 75-day journey from New York to California. Since then he discovered a new found love for bikepacking after riding the Kokopelli Trail and continued his passion for two-wheel travel while sharing the adventures on his YouTube Channel Manual Pedal. Dwayne is a graphic designer, photographer and author of eBook ‘Believing is Everything’ where he shares stories from his cross-country trip. He is passionate about promoting the benefits of cycling to his local community as a coach through his Velo HIIT program and leads out free gravel group rides as an intro to adventure cycling. In addition to YouTube, Dwayne also covers all things cycling in his Manual Pedal blog and Instagram @manual_pedal. His goal is to positively represent for BIPOC cyclists in an industry that is lacking in diversity. He wants to share with others that gravel & adventure cycling can be an outlet for change in themselves and the community.
Edwin Lindo (He/Him/His)
Edwin Lindo is Central American Indigenous, with roots from Nicaragua and El Salvador. His organizing has focused on ending police terror, and addressing racial injustices. He has embarked on the journey to ask and explore the hard questions of Race & Racism within the institutions of Medicine and Law. Edwin brings forward the interdisciplinary study and practice of Critical Race Theory so we can better learn how Racism detrimentally affects our health, our learning, our teaching, and justice. Edwin is also the Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice within the Office of Healthcare Equity at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research and scholarship has focused on the history of racialized medicine, race & racism within medicine, social justice and social movements, and decolonized pedagogies for critical education.
Estell (his partner and wife) and Edwin founded and curated Estelita’s Library, a Social Justice Community Library & Bookstore in Seattle dedicated to the goal of bringing truth and justice to communities through decentralized knowledge and decolonized spaces. Their books cover topics of justice, liberation, identity, race & racism, economic and political theory, and anything else that guides us in understanding our world through a critical lens. You can find them at EstelitasLibrary.com. Estelita’s Library is named after their 3 year old, Estella.
Edwin is also a co-founder and co-organizer of North Star Cycling, the largest BIPOC cycling club in the Pacific Northwest — their goal is to bring melanated people and justice to cycling.
Guarina Paloma Lopez (She/Her/Hers)
She is from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Tucson, Arizona, though she was born in San Francisco and still considers the Bay her home. She has been an artist her entire life working mainly in photography and as a writer. She’s an indigenous rights activist and educator, a mother to a 12 year-old long haired skateboarder named Roy, and cat mom to Kika, Bowie, Olle and Sewa. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, she loves trail running, long bike rides and city walks. She’s lived in San Francisco, Tucson, Santa Fe, Paris, Barcelona, New York and currently resides in Washington, D.C. She speaks French and Spanish, and a little Italian and Swedish. In conjunction with riding hundreds of miles to train for RFRJ, she plans to keep a blog that will include her landscape photography and writings about the landscapes she trains on. Despite the borders, the roads, the cities and all the man-made infrastructure, she considers every part of this country to be indigenous land. She takes this notion with her wherever she is and does her best to learn about who came before her wherever she lays her feet.
Diana Diaz (She/Her/Hers)
Latinx, communications ninja, burrito assassin, dog mom, horror makes her laugh and she really doesn’t like Christmas. Cycling is cheaper than therapy. Is gravel a city? Because she wants to live there!
Jared Hanson (He/Him/His)
Jared Hanson is a competitive cyclist from Colorado and currently living in Laramie, WY. He is a member of the 1st City Cycling Team in Fort Collins, CO primarily competing in criteriums and cyclocross for the last 4 years. Jared was the recipient of Bike Sports Co’s BIPOC scholarship in 2020 and partnered with Eliel Cycling to discuss his experiences as a person of color competing in cycling. Jared is an avid Crossfit and Olympic weight lifting enthusiast and combines his love for cross training and cycling on his YouTube channel TheCrossfitCyclist (TheCrossfitCyclist).
Jené Etheridge (She/Her/Hers)
Jené Etheridge is a DJ, community organizer, and cyclist based out of Portland, OR – currently located in Mexico City. She began her cycling journey as a commuter between restaurant jobs in Seattle, WA, and since then has ridden a double century for STP (Seattle to Portland), discovered her love for bike camping, and has led the Black Liberation Ride in Portland for the past 4 years. When she’s not riding, she is an Associate Creative Director at Marmoset Music, and spins as DJ Black Daria. She is also the co-founder of We Got Next, a digital DJ workshop for women / trans / femme, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities.
Jess Brunson (She/Her/Hers)
She is an Maryland native that found the love of cycling in the heart of San Antonio TX. It started with hosting social charity rides for things like penguins, chocolate farmers and, and breast cancer, and quickly became big brunch rides around the city to historical and endurance rides. The growth in advocating for people on bikes stayed strong and she was offered to become a Senior Transportation Planner for the City of San Antonio focusing on bike infrastructure design and policy. (Dream job accepted!) With a wonderful team, they tackle many projects on equity, safety and engineering possibilities of top priority to get SA more multimodal, active and accessible. Outside of work, she and other great cycling groups teach lessons in bike safety, host benefits and rides for their cycling business owners, and build participation by driving public cycling sites and rides throughout Texas.
She even started a monthly crit race and includes a skills competition for those wanting to get into the race or cycling scenes. They’re growing fast! For our women and supporting humans, they have a team that travels the world to support or race in international events and enjoy the opportunity to travel by bike and see new cities and other cycling fam by riding in their world. These past six years of cycling life have really been beyond exhilarating, and for more days in the saddle…she cannot wait to see what happens next.
Jessica Alexander (She/Her/Hers)
Jessica Alexander is a bike racer and bike rambler based in Austin, TX. She has a diverse cycling background and has raced criteriums, road, cyclocross, triathlon and gravel. As a full time photojournalist, Jessica enjoys opportunities to both write and capture visual media while she travels and races throughout the US and is passionate about bikepacking as both a storytelling medium and a visceral experience. In 2021 she is sponsored by Specialized, POC Sports, WYN Republic, Strava, The Meteor and Pickle Juice.
Juan Ocampo (He/Him/His)
He is excited to be part of the Ride for Racial Justice BIPOC Athlete program with SBT GRVL! He identifies as Mexican-American as his parents immigrated from Mexico in their early 20’s. He was first inducted into the great outdoors on a family trip to Yosemite National Park when he was 5 years old. Since then, he has spent time outdoors through various pursuits. He currently works as a Park Ranger in Boulder, Colorado, and most recently rediscovered his love for exploration on two wheels, especially within the gravel community!
Juan Pena (He/Him/His)
Reppin’ Northstar Cycling Club
“If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead, have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.”
– Naruto Uzumaki
KC Campbell-Garcia (He/Him/His)
He/Him – 30 years old. Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado now living in Seattle working as a High School Teacher. He was privileged to have access to bikes from a young age but it wasn’t until he got to college that he realizedhe could ride and experience that freedom on my own.Two years later,he had dropped out of college and decided to do a bike tour from Colorado to Oregon.he only had a 7 speed Schwinn, couldn’t fix much on a bike buthe felt the need for a change and did it anyway. The experience helped shape his life, helped grow his interest in bikes and ultimately got him involved with bike racing. As his interest in bikes grew, it became normal to be the only person with melanin at these events. As a mixed race person, it was difficult to break this down and make sense of it. He is beyond excited and grateful to receive this scholarship and be part of such an amazing group of melanated riders. He’s excited to use this experience to continue creating cycling opportunities for his students and change the cycling culture. Can’t wait to put in the miles to get ready for the race!
KC Cross (They/Them/Theirs)
KC (they/them) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and cyclist in Northwest Arkansas. KC identifies as Black & Nonbinary Queer. They began riding bikes as a kid on rural country roads but like so many people, left the bike behind as a teenager with a car. KC rediscovered cycling in 2016 when they & their partner bought hybrid bikes. They quickly fell in love with bikes all over again and have progressed to mountain biking and gravel over the years. KC loves the freedom of exploration a bike brings along with the connection to the outdoors the bicycle provides. KC is incredibly passionate about advancing Black & Queer representation in mainstream cycling. They believe that cycling is more than just a sport and would love to see the cycling industry begin focusing more on cycling as a means of recreation and transportation to fully serve the entire cycling community rather than only focusing on those who can afford high-end bikes, gear, & expensive race fees.
KeJuan Smith (He/Him/His)
Hello, this is KeJuan Smith; He is from Chicago, IL. He currently attend Whitman College, double majoring in Philosophy and Film & Media studies with a minor in Art. He started his cycling journey in March of 2015 when he learned how to ride a bike. Later that year, in September, he began to race cyclocross. In 2019 he started racing on Velodrome, where he became 4x state champion in the juniors division. In February of 2020, he signed a 2-year cycling contract with Whitman College. Since he began his racing career, he fell in love with bikes. When he is not racing, he’s a bike mechanic on the south-side of Chicago. He said “it is splendid to be on board with Ride for Racial Justice because being a BIPOC in cycling means a lot to me. It’s very often during my races I’m one of the only BIPOC athletes in attendance. I believe this program will spread a message and get more BIPOC athletes into cycling.”
Krystal Salvent (She/Her/Hers)
Krystal Salvent is all things fitness and fun who started cycling in 2018 when preparing for America’s Most Beautiful Ride, a 100-mile ride in and around Lake Tahoe, NV to help fund research for Leukemia and Lymphoma. That same year she moved from New York City to Colorado in the chase of more cycling adventures.
“Bikes have allowed me to journey, adventure, and give back but also build a community.” says Krystal. This is why she is a co-leader with @BGDBDenver to help promote cycling among a community of BIPOC women, femmes, and girls in Colorado. And is an ambassador of @OUTRIDE, a non-profit focused on providing evidence-based cycling interventions to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health in youth. Since moving to Colorado, she has experienced some of the most exhilarating times on the bike, connecting with other athletes, who like her, want to let everyone know that they TOO love to ride bikes. Her excitement for a future when it’s safe to group ride has her more excited and motivated than ever.
When Krystal is not riding bikes, you can find her hiking, snowboarding and at one of the many @littlemanicecream locations indulging in her favorite treat, Ice cream!
Lissa Muhammad (She/Her/Hers)
This is Lissa Muhammad. She grew up riding my bike up and down the streets of Altadena and Pasadena, California. As a mother of five, there’s nothing more that she enjoys than finding a little me time by exploring long scenic paths around Southern California by bike. However, she must admit some of her best rides have been those that she’s shared with her children – seeing them reach distances that they never have before.
During the summer of 2020, she saw her eldest son become a force for social change. She said “as parents we should be examples for our children but it was my son’s activism that ignited within me a need to do more!” Armed with nothing more than her sheer will and determination to pedal forward for change, she began the next chapter as an athlete. The week after the death of George Floyd, she rode for 46 miles in his honor. One mile for each year of his short life, to bring an awareness to the injustices plagued by Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)…that was her longest ride at the time. She’s ridden many miles since then and know that there’s still much work to be done! She’s honored to be a part of Ride for Racial Justice. A movement that promotes the value of BIPOC lives through the sport of cycling. She looks forward to using this platform to show her children that there are no limits.
Nicole Sin Quee (She/Her/Hers)
Nicole Sin Quee is a Chinese-Jamaican math teacher and mother who lives in Bronx, NY. Additionally, she has been a competitive multi-sport athlete, earning a podium spot in all five of her attempts at the National and World Championship triathlons and duathlons. She is happy to come out of retirement to race SBT GRVL and partner with Ride For Social Justice. Her DEI work includes fundraisers to benefit a number of local and national charities, multiple trips to South Africa to teach at Ridgeway College for Sumbandila, an alliance with the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa Kenya as a Zagat Global Fellow, and an affinity leader in school.
Having gone to predominantly white institutions since her high school days in boarding school through graduate school, and now in her workplace, it is important to Nicole to widen the path so that youth in marginalized communities can have a greater sense of possibility and accessibility. She is interested in opening the doors in cycling and triathlon for the community. To that end, this summer she and her husband, Jonathan Cane, co-coached a program to introduce middle schoolers to triathlon.
Quincy Cowherd (He/Him/His)
Hello cycling world, this is Quincy Cowherd. He’s a 24 year old Dog-father from Inglewood, C.A. Some may say that he is a natural born athlete and this is why: he is a V7 rock climber, played football as a wide receiver for Pacific Palisades High School and led his team each year with numerous touchdowns and receptions, and backpacked in Kings Canyon Yosemite for 5 days. You can say his love for nature and sports has expanded his mind to cycling. At the start of 2020, he started riding with an organized bike group in Los Angeles called Ride For Black Lives. They ride around LA to promote love, peace and unity. The social injustices that are occurring around the world have impacted his life in so many ways. Spreading awareness about the injustices is his way of contributing to the cause. By riding with this group, he has seen some of God’s beautiful handy work in many communities within the valleys, mountains and shores of California.
Stan German (He/Him/His)
He is a 53 year-old public defender by trade with a passion for cycling. As the executive director of New York County Defender Services, he oversees a staff of 120 lawyers, social workers, investigators, paralegals and administrators who represent 15,000 indigent New Yorkers every year in the New York City Criminal Courts in Manhattan. NYCDS fights for racial justice everyday as well as engaging in systemic reforms with our client communities. When he’s not advocating for racial justice and racial equity, he spends my time with my wife and two children or can be found on one of his three bikes (n+1 remember) pedaling about 5,000 miles every year.
Twitter: @german_stan and @NYCDefenderS
Strava: Stan Germán
Thomas Lai (He/Him/His)
Hi all! This is Tom and he’s beyond stoked to have been selected to ride SBT GRVL as a part of the Ride for Racial Justice BIPOC Athlete Program! He’s currently a Junior at UCLA and serves as the president of the UCLA Cycling Team. He’s honored to represent the minority experience as an Asian-American in this organization, event, and greater cycling community.
Tsinnijinnie Russell (He/Him/His)
Hello! This is Tsinnijinnie Russell. He’s 26 years old, uses He / Him pronouns, and currently resides in so-called Denver, Colorado on Ute, Arapahoe, and Cheyenne land. He’s a tribal member of the Navajo Nation but he grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado. He moved to the front range in 2013 to attend the University of Colorado Denver where he graduated with a Bachelors in History. He is currently happily married with two beautiful pets. He’s a partner at Confluence Couriers here in Denver, Colorado. Since becoming a courier, he’s gotten the chance to travel to multiple cities and race his bike in various messenger events. Part of why he’s excited to participate in SBT GRVL is because it’ll give him the chance to challenge himself and compete against athletes in a different field and expand his racing experience.