Black Girls Do Bike: Community Through Mountain Biking

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.

Fire up the player to watch the women in action, and read more about their inroads to advocacy.  

Finding Community

“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. 

Black Girls Do Bike co leaders
These ladies are learning from each other in more ways than you’d think; (photo/@thepublicworks, THOR Industries)

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.

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Heather Hendricks
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Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.

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