Despite incredibly different backgrounds, professional mountain biker Britt Greer and Black Girls Do Bike co-leader Brooke Goudy find commonality and support through their shared love of mountain biking.
But it doesn’t end there. These women are on a mission to introduce and inspire women of all colors and backgrounds to get out and after it.
The Denver-based duo hit the road to bike, camp, and grow their relationship as friends and advocates. Along the way, they learned more about each other and how important community can be.
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“When I first started mountain biking, there weren’t very many people that looked like me in the sport,” admitted Goudy. “So when I got the opportunity to join a mountain biking organization with other women of color, it finally made me feel like I was part of a community.”
Goudy then revealed that once she felt her place in mountain biking, she could share her passion with others.
“Representation is so important because if you’re doing something that you love, but you look around and don’t see anyone else that looks like you, you might start to think that maybe that thing isn’t for you. So it’s become my mission to create a safe, inclusive space where women of color can feel comfortable. So they can see a black woman on a bike or a black woman coaching and think, ‘Yes, I can do that too,'” Goudy explained.
Greer is acutely aware of the misrepresentation of women, especially women of color, and seeks to continue her efforts to spearhead change.
“It’s important that the mountain biking community, and the outdoor community as a whole, be representative of our broader communities,” said Greer.
Greer explained her goals further through her love of pedaling and creating purpose.
“Being outside and doing something like mountain biking offers so much value — to our lives, health, and happiness — and I want to share that with as many women and women of color as possible,” she revealed.
It’s a sentiment felt by many.
Runtime: 10 minutes