Blazing Saddles (and Trails): How One Coach Is Welcoming a New Generation of Cyclists

The faces of cycling are evolving. And Anthony Carter is helping pave the way.

This short film “Coaching Mr. Carter” highlights the impact one coach can have in his community. Anthony Carter is a Waldorf, Md.-based coach, community leader, and creator of Getting It In Cyclists.

His ethos (and work as a coach) is all about getting young and African American cyclists in the saddle. As someone who was introduced to the sport late in life, Carter has accomplished a lot in his cycling career and his community since incorporating the Getting It In Cyclists club in 2014.

Black cyclist Anthony Carter straddling a Pinarello road bike at dusk

Through meetups and mentorship events, he’s taught and coached many people new to cycling, adults and youth alike.

“Man, cycling has given me so much freedom,” Carter said. “It gave me fulfillment. I found a place in cycling. Now here I am, riding over 100 miles in one day. I never thought I could do that as a kid.”

Now, Carter is in the student’s seat. He’s training to ride in his first gravel race, Unbound Gravel, on Pinarello’s Scuderia roster this upcoming June. And he’s got Mari Holden, a six-time U.S. national champion time trialist, as his coach.

Pinarello is working with Carter to support his goal to become a USA Cycling-certified coach. Pinarello also produced this film. 

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Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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