Across nearly every culture and subculture people are finally talking directly about race, and about whether their corner of the world is welcoming to folks with different backgrounds and experiences. Many of us in the mountain bike industry and broader cycling culture are ready to ask the hard questions around race and gender in our sport. Yes, these discussions and changes undoubtedly should have taken place long ago, and folks are prepared to listen, learn, and make important changes.
The resulting conversations need to include everyone, from community members, people looking in from the outside, industry leaders, advocacy groups, everyday riders, and many others. I recently had a chat with IMBA Europe General Manager Mark Torsius about what the MTB advocacy and education association can do to promote a more welcoming trail environment, and he had several candid insights to share.