Trans Cyclist Blake Hansen Shreds Desert Trails, Talks Advocacy

For one Specialized mountain bike pro, ‘equality’ and ‘inclusion’ aren’t just buzzwords.

Blake Hansen is one of just a few well-known trans women in competitive MTB. According to her, racing and chasing world-class lines is great — but it’s all meaningless without a strong, supportive community.

And that’s why the pro rider focuses her efforts on uplifting the next generation of women through the sport.

Learn a bit about Hansen’s philosophy and drop into the dreamy, send-y shots in this quick edit from Teton Gravity Research’s “Esperanto” project.

Runtime: 2 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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