Watch First HBCU Cycling Team Riders ‘Chasing History’ in Stirring Canyon Film Series

‘When you’re making history, you’re often unaware at the time …’

For two riders on the St. Augustine’s University Cycling Team — the first official cycling team at a historically Black college or university (HBCU) — their career and possibly life highlight came on a beautiful day in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

St. Augustine University students Brandon Valentine-Parris and Finote Weldemariam competed in their first statewide, UCI-sanctioned race in June 2021. “It was only a 50-minute, 20-lap event. But the moment felt bigger somehow,” teased Canyon in advance of the film.

SAU cyclists Brandon and Finote

“Eight months ago, I barely knew how to pedal a bike and now I’m competing in races,” said Valentine-Parris. “I made a conscious decision to see how far I can take cycling, how competitive I can be in this sport.”

This episode is part 4 in the “Chasing History” series. Watch the full series.

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